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Factors Related to New Mothers' Readiness to Manage Weight

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Objective: To examine new mothers' readiness for weight management and relationships to weight and lactation. Methods: Survey of 86 women at 4 to 5 months postpartum. Results: Women who were trying to lose weight, trying to prevent gain, or planning future weight-loss efforts held more favorable views (pros) of losing weight and were heavier. Women who bottle-fed were more likely to be trying to lose weight and were heavier than women who breast-fed, but did not differ on plans for future weight-loss. Conclusion: Weight, pros of weight loss, and lactation are salient to mothers' readiness for weight management.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, TX.

Publication date: July 1, 1999

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