Infant feeding knowledge, attitudes,and beliefs predict antenatal intention among first-time mothers in Queensland

Newby, Ruth and Brodribb, Wendy and Ware, Robert and Davies, Peter S. W. (2014) Infant feeding knowledge, attitudes,and beliefs predict antenatal intention among first-time mothers in Queensland. Breastfeeding Medicine, 9 (5). pp. 266-272. ISSN 1556-8253

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Aim: This study assessed infant feeding knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs among women from Queensland,
Australia, in their first pregnancy. Antenatal feeding intention in this group was described, and the hypothesis
was tested that antenatal knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about infant feeding are associated with antenatal
intention for the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding for the infant’s first year.
Subjects and Methods: The Feeding Queensland Babies Study is a prospective survey of infant feeding
attitudes and behaviors among first-time mothers in Queensland, Australia. Data on infant feeding knowledge,
attitudes, beliefs, and intention were collected antenatally, and an Infant Feeding Attitudes Score was
Results: Although 85% of respondents endorsed breastfeeding as most appropriate for infants, 11% valued
formula feeding equally. Intention to give any breastmilk during the first weeks was 98%, but it fell to 18%
during the second year. More than one-quarter of women reported intention to introduce foods other than
breastmilk before 5 months of infant age. The infant feeding attitudes and beliefs score correlated positively
with feeding intention for breastfeeding and the introduction of complementary solids.
Conclusions: Enhancing women’s knowledge of recommendations and their understanding of breastfeeding’s
specific benefits and the reasons for recommended scheduling of feeding transitions may positively impact
breastfeeding exclusivity and duration and the age-appropriate introduction of complementary solids. Communication
of detailed feeding recommendations for the infant’s first year and specific information about the
health benefits of breastfeeding should be a goal of healthcare providers working with pregnant women.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 05:18
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 02:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding, breast milk, antenatal education, health behaviour
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111499 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2014.0012

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