Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/6134
Type: Journal article
Title: Community attitudes to infant feeding
Author: McIntyre, E.
Hiller, J.
Turnbull, D.
Citation: Breastfeeding Review, 2001; 9(3):27-33
Publisher: Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia
Issue Date: 2001
ISSN: 0729-2759
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Ellen McIntyre; Janet E Hillier; Deborah Turnbull
Abstract: A cross-sectional study was designed to describe the social context in which breastfeeding occurs by examining experiences of and attitudes toward infant feeding within the general community. Of the 2500 randomly selected adults who participated in the telephone survey, 61% had been breastfed, the youngest child of 52% of participants (who were also parents) had been mainly breastfed but 58% of babies seen by participants were bottle-fed. The attitudes examined in this survey suggest there was little support for breastfeeding, particularly outside the home. Over 80% of participants agreed that bottle-feeding was more acceptable in public places and 70% agreed there was not always a place to breastfeed when outside the home. In addition, bottle-feeding was considered easier and more convenient indicating the social environment was not very breastfeeding friendly. Interventions to enhance environmental support for breastfeeding need to focus on reducing these barriers so that breastfeeding in public is more acceptable and breastfeeding in general is easier and more convenient.
Keywords: Humans; Bottle Feeding; Cross-Sectional Studies; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Breast Feeding; Social Support; Infant Food; Telephone; Infant; Infant, Newborn; South Australia; Female; Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Description: Copyright © 2001 Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia
RMID: 0020011269
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