Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Intent to Breastfeed: A Population-Based Perspective

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Intent to Breastfeed: A Population-Based Perspective

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Prenatal maternal intent to breastfeed can indicate postnatal breastfeeding practices and may identify potential barriers to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding rates in West Virginia, a primarily rural state, are among the lowest in the United States of America (USA). Breastfeeding has been demonstrated to protect infants from many chronic and acute diseases, yet many women do not to breastfeed. By identifying prenatal maternal intent to breastfeed, nurses can provide tailored prenatal anticipatory guidance and education regarding the importance of breastfeeding, especially for women at risk for not breastfeeding. Minimal research has been published to date on population-based prenatal intent to breastfeed among rural women. The purpose of the population-based secondary data analysis study was to examine factors contributing to prenatal intent to breastfeed among women in a rural state in the USA using 2 state-linked databases of 52,899 singleton births.

Results of the study will be presented including the statistically significant variables predicting intent to breastfeed among pregnant women. …

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