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Sources of Infant Feeding Information Used by Pregnant Women

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Abstract:

Selecting an infant feeding method is one of the most important decisions a mother-to-be makes. Little information is available to characterize women who plan to use both formula and breast milk. In this study, 89 pregnant women indicated their anticipated feeding method and the sources and initiator of infant feeding information. No differences were found in the type of resources used by women who planned to breastfeed, formula feed, or combination feed. Women in the study were four times more likely to initiate a conversation about infant feeding methods with a family member or friend than with a health care provider. Involving these key individuals in perinatal education classes and support programs is a simple, but powerful, strategy that childbirth educators can use to promote breastfeeding.

Keywords: breastfeeding; combination feeding; infant feeding

Document Type: Standard Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812401X88291

Affiliations: 1: JOCAROL CHEZEM is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. 2: CAROL FRIESEN is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University. 3: HEIDI CLARK is an undergraduate research fellow in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University.

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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