Community attitudes to infant feeding.


A cross-sectional study was designed to describe the social context in which breastfeeding occurs by examining experiences of and attitudes toward infant feeding within the general community. Of the 2500 randomly selected adults who participated in the telephone survey, 61% had been breastfed, the youngest child of 52% of participants (who were also parents) had been mainly breastfed but 58% of babies seen by participants were bottle-fed. The attitudes examined in this survey suggest there was little support for breastfeeding, particularly outside the home. Over 80% of participants agreed that bottle-feeding was more acceptable in public places and 70% agreed there was not always a place to breastfeed when outside the home. In addition, bottle-feeding was considered easier and more convenient indicating the social environment was not very breastfeeding friendly. Interventions to enhance environmental support for breastfeeding need to focus on reducing these barriers so that breastfeeding in public is more acceptable and breastfeeding in general is easier and more convenient.

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@article{McIntyre2001CommunityAT, title={Community attitudes to infant feeding.}, author={Ellen L McIntyre and Janet Esther Hiller and Diane Turnbull}, journal={Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia}, year={2001}, volume={9 3}, pages={27-33} }