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Risk factors related to intention to breastfeed, early weaning and suboptimal duration of breastfeeding.
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PMID:  17850395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To identify maternal and infantile factors affecting intention to breastfeed, early weaning and duration of breastfeeding. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: In a prospective cohort study, 1049 mothers were interviewed after delivery and at 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-partum. RESULTS: Of 1049 mothers, 942 (89.7%) intended to breastfeed. Negative attitude was associated with lack of breastfeeding previous offspring, multiparity, admission to neonatal ward, tobacco use, prematurity and male gender (OR: 10.1, 2.67, 3.02, 2.63, 2.40 and 1.54, respectively). Six hundred and twenty-three mothers (60.7%) were breastfeeding at month 1. Early weaning was associated with lack of breastfeeding previous offspring, tobacco use, prematurity, admission to neonatal ward, caesarean section (OR: 12.3, 3.39, 2.33, 2.22, 1.34), low education (p < 0.0001) and young age (p = 0.034). Factors negatively affecting total duration of breastfeeding included lack of breastfeeding previous offspring (3.91 vs. 16.2 weeks, p < 0.001), tobacco use (6.78 vs. 15.9 weeks, p < 0.001), low education (p < 0.001), early re-employment (12.5 vs. 15.1 weeks, p < 0.01) and prematurity (p < 0.005). CONCLUSION: Maternal negative attitude, tobacco use and early re-employment are factors negatively affecting breastfeeding that can be liable to intervention. All health professionals involved in perinatal medicine share a part of responsibility in sustaining breastfeeding, particularly in high-risk groups of mothers.
Fani Ladomenou; Anthony Kafatos; Emmanouil Galanakis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-09-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-20     Completed Date:  2008-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1441-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, University of Crete, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Health Surveys
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors
Time Factors

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