Knowledge and beliefs about breastfeeding are not determinants for successful breastfeeding

Shareena Ishak, Nur Azeanny M Adzan, Lee K. Quan, M. Hasli Shafie, Nor Azila Rani, Kazzoma G. Ramli

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Abstract

A cross-sectional prospective study was performed to assess knowledge and attitude toward breastfeeding among mothers in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia and its influence on their breastfeeding practices. Two hundred thirteen women who had delivered healthy babies at term were enrolled. A structured questionnaire containing demographic data and the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Score were used, followed by a telephone interview after 8 weeks to determine the feeding outcome. Women of Malay ethnicity with higher education level who had received breastfeeding counseling had a significantly more favorable attitude toward breastfeeding. Ethnicity was found to be a significant determinant in the success of breastfeeding, whereas returning to work was a major reason for discontinuing breastfeeding. In ensuring a successful breastfeeding practice, apart from knowledge and attitude, issues surrounding culture and traditions as well as improving deliverance of readily available support should be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-312
Number of pages5
JournalBreastfeeding Medicine
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

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Breast Feeding
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Malaysia
Tertiary Care Centers
Counseling
Cross-Sectional Studies
Mothers
Demography
Prospective Studies
Interviews
Education

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  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery
  • Pediatrics
  • Health Policy
  • Medicine(all)

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Knowledge and beliefs about breastfeeding are not determinants for successful breastfeeding. / Ishak, Shareena; Adzan, Nur Azeanny M; Quan, Lee K.; Shafie, M. Hasli; Rani, Nor Azila; Ramli, Kazzoma G.

In: Breastfeeding Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 6, 01.07.2014, p. 308-312.

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Ishak, Shareena ; Adzan, Nur Azeanny M ; Quan, Lee K. ; Shafie, M. Hasli ; Rani, Nor Azila ; Ramli, Kazzoma G. / Knowledge and beliefs about breastfeeding are not determinants for successful breastfeeding. In: Breastfeeding Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 6. pp. 308-312.
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