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Breast-feeding Intentions Among Low-Income Pregnant and Lactating Women

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Objectives : Provide a better understanding of the process used by low-income pregnant/postpartum women when deciding whether to breast-feed or not.

Methods : Pregnant/postpartum women admitted to an obstetrics floor completed a survey to determine breast-feeding intention (n=88).

Results : Subjects were primarily Hispanic and African American women. Beliefs and referent other were related positively to attitude and subjective norm, respectively. Subjective norm was related positively to intention to breast-feed. Breast-feeding knowledge was low.

Conclusions : Others' opinions clearly influence feeding intentions among this population of low-income women. Inclusion of these significant others, family, and friends within the breast-feeding education process is warranted.
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Keywords: Theory of reasoned action; breast-feed; expanded rational expectation intentions model; intention; low-income

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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