Identifying predictors of the reasons women give for choosing to breastfeed

Brodribb, Wendy and Fallon, Anthony Bruce and Hegney, Desley and O'Brien, Maxine (2007) Identifying predictors of the reasons women give for choosing to breastfeed. Journal of Human Lactation, 23 (4). pp. 338-344. ISSN 0890-3344


The aims of this article are to outline the reasons Australian women give for initiating breastfeeding, identify unique predictors for these reasons, and use principal components factor analysis to determine factors that influence a woman’s decision to breastfeed. Data
were collected as part of a large longitudinal study investigating the breastfeeding behaviors and supports of women in Southern Queensland, Australia. The most common reason women (N = 562) gave for deciding to breastfeed was breast milk is better for my baby (95.5%). Reasons related to the mother such as breastfeeding is more convenient (84.3%) were also popular. Four significant components—mother-related reasons, health effects for the infant, moral and family influences, and advice from others—were determined after principal components factor analysis. As well as health benefits for the infant, convenience
and other reasons related to the mother appear to be important factors in an Australian woman’s decision to breastfeed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2010 02:23
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding; Australia; initiation; decision making; infant feeding; human behaviour; human behavior
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0890334407307540

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