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International Breastfeeding Journal is a new open access peer-reviewed journal with a multidisciplinary focus. The aim of International Breastfeeding Journal is to contribute to understanding all aspects of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. In order to help women(More)
AIM To report the relationship between maternal prenatal intention to breastfeed and the actual initiation and duration of breastfeeding. METHODS Pregnant women resident within Avon, UK, expected to give birth between 1 April 1991 and 31 December 1992 were recruited in a longitudinal cohort study. Main outcome measures included maternal infant feeding(More)
BACKGROUND The health and social circumstances of economically advantaged mothers who are caring for infants with unsettled behaviour or feeding difficulties has been under investigated. METHODOLOGY An observational survey of consecutive admissions to one private hospital's mother baby unit in Melbourne admitted with infant feeding or sleeping problems.(More)
There is an increasing trend in Australia and elsewhere for mothers to express breast milk. The purpose of this study was to explore breastfeeding women's experiences of expressing breast milk. An anonymous online questionnaire was sent to Victorian members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association via an e-mail link. Response fraction was 903 of 3024(More)
BACKGROUND the World Health Organization recommends that all infants worldwide are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life for optimal health and development. However, very few women worldwide are meeting this recommendation. Psychosocial factors have been identified as potentially modifiable factors implicated in a woman's ability to(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate rates of breastfeeding in the first year of life in Australia, according to state and socio-economic status. METHODOLOGY Analysis of data from the 1995 Australian National Health Survey. RESULTS Estimated breastfeeding rates are 81.8% on discharge from hospital, 57.1% fully breastfed at 3 months and 62.6% fully or partially(More)
BACKGROUND Mastitis is one of the most common problems experienced by women who are breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammation of breast tissue, which may or may not result from infection. The aims of this paper are to compare rates of mastitis in primiparous women receiving public hospital care (standard or birth centre) and care in a co-located private(More)
BACKGROUND Mastitis is a common problem for breastfeeding women. Researchers have called for an investigation into the possible role of maternal nasal carriage of S. aureus in the causation of mastitis in breastfeeding women. METHODS The aim of the study was to investigate the role of maternal S. aureus nasal carriage in mastitis. Other factors such as(More)
BACKGROUND Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is prevalent among recent mothers and negatively impacts their physical and emotional health. Furthermore, the negative influence of IPV on parenting capacity and children's development is well described. However, it is unclear whether there is any relationship between IPV and method of infant feeding. Little is(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the introduction of breast milk substitutes and solid foods to Australian children between 1992 and 1995. METHODOLOGY Analysis of data from the 1995 Australian National Health Survey. Infant feeding questions were asked by personal interview in respect to 3,252 children aged under four years of age. RESULTS By the age of 26 weeks,(More)