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Maternal employment and breastfeeding: results from the longitudinal study of Australian children.
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PMID:  18394107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To investigate the effect of maternal postnatal employment on breastfeeding duration in Australia in the first 6 months after birth. METHOD: Secondary data analysis of the infant data (2004) from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Complete maternal and breastfeeding data were available for 3,697 infants. Multivariable logistic regression was used to investigate the effect of timing of resumption of maternal employment and maternal employment status on breastfeeding at 6 months postpartum after adjustment for maternal education, maternal age, maternal smoking during pregnancy and socioeconomic status of the child's area of residence. RESULTS: Fewer women employed full-time were breastfeeding their infants at 6 months (39%) than nonemployed women (56%). Participation in full-time employment before 6 months had a strong, negative effect on the likelihood of continuing breastfeeding for 6 months, adjusted OR = 0.35 (95%CI: 0.22-0.55). Compared to nonemployed women, fewer women in part-time employment were breastfeeding at 6 months (44%), adjusted OR = 0.49 (95% CI: 0.37-0.64). CONCLUSIONS: Results from this large representative cohort of Australian infants confirm that maternal employment in the first 6 months of life contributes to premature cessation of breastfeeding even when known risk factors for breastfeeding cessation are controlled for.
Amanda R Cooklin; Susan M Donath; Lisa H Amir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-08     Completed Date:  2008-08-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  620-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Australia / epidemiology
Breast Feeding / epidemiology,  statistics & numerical data*
Educational Status
Employment / statistics & numerical data*
Logistic Models
Longitudinal Studies
Social Class

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