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Influence of mother's perceptions on the choice to breastfeed or bottle-feed: perceptions and feeding choice

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The aim of the study was to evaluate what perceptions predicted feeding choice. A questionnaire assessing the degree of agreement with statements about the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding was developed from analysis of qualitative interviews. Two hundred and twenty-five mothers completed this questionnaire after delivery and indicated the feeding method they chose. Exploratory factorial analyses extracted 10 factors, which were entered in regression analyses predicting the choice of a feeding method. Three factors were significant predictors of the choice of the feeding method : 'breastfeeding physiological advantages for mothers', 'fear of dependency' and 'moral reasoning'. The former factor was the only factor that positively predicted breastfeeding, whereas the latter two positively predicted bottle-feeding. Possible implications to education and prevention are discussed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre d'Etudes et de Recherche en Psychopathologie Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail France

Publication date: August 1, 2004

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