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Personal breastfeeding behavior of physician mothers is associated with their clinical breastfeeding advocacy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23373434     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Despite excellent breastfeeding initiation rates, physician mothers as a group are at risk of premature breastfeeding cessation. The main obstacles and reasons for breastfeeding cessation among physician mothers are work-related. We conducted this study to further explore physician mothers' personal infant feeding decisions and behavior as well as their clinical breastfeeding advocacy.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We interviewed 80 physician mothers, mainly affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville, FL), using a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were calculated with SPSS software version 16 (SPSS, Chicago, IL).
RESULTS: The 80 mothers had a total of 152 children and were able to successfully initiate breastfeeding for 97% of the infants. Although maternal goal for duration of breastfeeding had been 12 months or more for 57% of the infants, only 34% of the children were actually still breastfeeding at 12 months. In 43% of cases, physician mothers stated that breastfeeding cessation was due to demands of work. Furthermore, physician mothers who reported actively promoting breastfeeding among their female patients and housestaff had significantly longer personal breastfeeding duration compared with physician mothers who denied actively promoting breastfeeding.
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings not only emphasize the discrepancy between physician mothers' breastfeeding duration goal and their actual breastfeeding duration, but also highlight the association between their personal breastfeeding success and their own active breastfeeding advocacy. Whether this association is causal cannot be determined by the current study and can be examined further by prospective studies. Our results support developing and implementing workplace strategies and programs to promote breastfeeding duration among physician mothers returning to work.
Maryam Sattari; David Levine; Dan Neal; Janet R Serwint
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1556-8342     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-04     Completed Date:  2013-08-06     Revised Date:  2014-02-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101260777     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Maternal Welfare
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Physicians* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Pilot Projects
Postnatal Care
Time Factors
United States / epidemiology
Grant Support

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