An analysis of the breastfeeding practices of a group of mothers living in Victoria, Australia

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James, Jennifer P (2003) An analysis of the breastfeeding practices of a group of mothers living in Victoria, Australia. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

Abstract

This research attempted to identify the causes of and variables associated with early weaning (during the first three months) by breastfeeding women. Prior to 1970, there was a decline in breastfeeding rates, with a gradual increase during the 1970's and 1980's. Since the late 1980's, even with increased knowledge, evidence about the benefits and health promotion activity, rates remain relatively static. Of particular concern is the early postnatal through to three months of age group, where there continues to be a marked drop out of almost 50%. This was a descriptive longitudinal study of 682 primiparous and multiparous mothers and their babies that collected both qualitative and quantitative data via a series of self-administered questionnaires. They were completed at three monthly intervals over a period of up to twelve months. Participants exited the study following weaning or at the baby's first birth.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15279
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Keywords Breastfeeding, Victoria, nutrition, infants
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