Factors Affecting Breastfeeding among Women of Mexican Origin or Descent in Los Angeles

Scrimshaw, Susan C. M.; Engle, Patricia L.; Arnold, Lola; Haynes, Karen
April 1987
American Journal of Public Health;Apr87, Vol. 77 Issue 4, p467
Academic Journal
Abstract: Data on breastfeeding intentions and behavior were collected in prenatal and postpartum interviews as part of a study on first birth among 518 women of Mexican origin or descent in two Los Angeles hospitals. The prenatal intentions of 82 per ¢ of the women to breastfeed were maintained postpartum in one hospital but dropped sharply in the other. A greater number of hours a day with the baby in the hospital and earlier initiation of breastfeeding were associated with the hospital where prenatal breastfeeding intentions were more likely to be carried out. The intention to work postpartum was associated both with the decision not to breastfeed at all and with shorter intended duration of breastfeeding. (Am J Public Health 1987; 77:467-470.)


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