Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding

Introduction. Breast milk constitutes the integral part of feeding schedule of infants for the first year of their lives or even longer. According to recommendations of American, The ESPHAGAN Committee on Nutrition and The World Health Organization breastfeeding ought to be an exclusive way of infan...

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Main Authors: Agnieszka Bień, Agnieszka Kozak, Ewa Rzońca, Sabina Katarzyna Stadnicka
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Language:English
Published: Kazimierz Wielki University 2017-08-01
Series:Journal of Education, Health and Sport
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Online Access:http://www.ojs.ukw.edu.pl/index.php/johs/article/view/5014
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spelling doaj-a773233849d646df91d1b4fffb0fe8582020-11-25T00:45:34ZengKazimierz Wielki UniversityJournal of Education, Health and Sport2391-83062017-08-01781258127110.5281/zenodo.10431624697Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeedingAgnieszka Bień0Agnieszka Kozak1Ewa Rzońca2Sabina Katarzyna Stadnicka3Zakład Podstaw Położnictwa, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie Department of the Basics of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of LublinStudenckie Koło Naukowe przy Zakładzie Podstaw Położnictwa, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie Student Research Group of the Department of the Basics of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, PolandZakład Podstaw Położnictwa, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie Department of the Basics of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of LublinStudenckie Koło Naukowe przy Zakładzie Podstaw Położnictwa, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie Student Research Group of the Department of the Basics of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin, PolandIntroduction. Breast milk constitutes the integral part of feeding schedule of infants for the first year of their lives or even longer. According to recommendations of American, The ESPHAGAN Committee on Nutrition and The World Health Organization breastfeeding ought to be an exclusive way of infant feeding for the first six months of their lives. The aim of the study was to assess the attitudes of women towards breastfeeding and sociodemographic factors influencing these attitudes. Material and method. The research has been conducted among 262 women found in the following hospital wards: the pathology of pregnancy and the obstetrics and neonatal wards. The instrument of our research was our own survey questionnaire and the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale. Results. The average result of The Iowa in the studied group is 66,72 (±8,75).The highest results refer to the following statements: ‘breastfeeding strengthens the bond between an infant and its mother’ (4,70±0,78), ‘breast milk is ideal nourishment for infants’ (4,67±0,74) and ‘breast milk is cheaper than artificial milk’ (4,54±0,92). Married women showed more positive attitude towards the issue of breastfeeding (p=0,004). Two other groups with the above inclination make the women who had one child (p=0,044) and those who breastfed their children for two years (p=0,000). Conclusions. The most positive beliefs related to breastfeeding refer to the special relation between an infant and its mother, the belief that breastfeeding is an ideal solution for a baby and the appreciation of its economical aspect. Women are aware of the fact that breastfeeding is a challenge for them. Two main factors influence their opinion: the age of women and the number of births.http://www.ojs.ukw.edu.pl/index.php/johs/article/view/5014attitude to health, public opinion, breast feeding, iowa infant feeding scale
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author Agnieszka Bień
Agnieszka Kozak
Ewa Rzońca
Sabina Katarzyna Stadnicka
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Agnieszka Kozak
Ewa Rzońca
Sabina Katarzyna Stadnicka
Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
Journal of Education, Health and Sport
attitude to health, public opinion, breast feeding, iowa infant feeding scale
author_facet Agnieszka Bień
Agnieszka Kozak
Ewa Rzońca
Sabina Katarzyna Stadnicka
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title Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
title_short Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
title_full Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
title_fullStr Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
title_full_unstemmed Opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
title_sort opinions and attitudes of women towards breastfeeding
publisher Kazimierz Wielki University
series Journal of Education, Health and Sport
issn 2391-8306
publishDate 2017-08-01
description Introduction. Breast milk constitutes the integral part of feeding schedule of infants for the first year of their lives or even longer. According to recommendations of American, The ESPHAGAN Committee on Nutrition and The World Health Organization breastfeeding ought to be an exclusive way of infant feeding for the first six months of their lives. The aim of the study was to assess the attitudes of women towards breastfeeding and sociodemographic factors influencing these attitudes. Material and method. The research has been conducted among 262 women found in the following hospital wards: the pathology of pregnancy and the obstetrics and neonatal wards. The instrument of our research was our own survey questionnaire and the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale. Results. The average result of The Iowa in the studied group is 66,72 (±8,75).The highest results refer to the following statements: ‘breastfeeding strengthens the bond between an infant and its mother’ (4,70±0,78), ‘breast milk is ideal nourishment for infants’ (4,67±0,74) and ‘breast milk is cheaper than artificial milk’ (4,54±0,92). Married women showed more positive attitude towards the issue of breastfeeding (p=0,004). Two other groups with the above inclination make the women who had one child (p=0,044) and those who breastfed their children for two years (p=0,000). Conclusions. The most positive beliefs related to breastfeeding refer to the special relation between an infant and its mother, the belief that breastfeeding is an ideal solution for a baby and the appreciation of its economical aspect. Women are aware of the fact that breastfeeding is a challenge for them. Two main factors influence their opinion: the age of women and the number of births.
topic attitude to health, public opinion, breast feeding, iowa infant feeding scale
url http://www.ojs.ukw.edu.pl/index.php/johs/article/view/5014
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