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Saudi Mothers’ Expected Intentions and Attitudes Toward Breast-Feeding

Al-Madani, M, Vydelingum, V and Lawrence, J (2010) Saudi Mothers’ Expected Intentions and Attitudes Toward Breast-Feeding ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 2 (3). pp. 187-198.

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This article reports the findings of a study that explored pregnant mothers’ attitudes toward infant feeding using an adaptation of the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale (IIFAS). A longitudinal study was conducted to examine the attitudes of Saudi pregnant women toward breastfeeding, conducted in 2 stages: during pregnancy and after delivery. When asked during pregnancy, 90% (N = 160) of Saudi women said they intended to breast-feed exclusively. In the follow-up phase, the trend was away from exclusive breast-feeding, particularly among educated and working women, regardless of their awareness of the importance of breast-feeding. The practice of combined feeding became the norm (52%). Maternal breast-feeding intention (the type of feeding the mother planned for the new baby during pregnancy) was not a predictor of attitude toward infant feeding before delivery but was a predictor for breast-feeding 4 months postpartum. It is concluded that religious and cultural factors positively influence breast-feeding intention and attitudes (measured using the modified IIFAS), but other factors resulted in relatively low breast-feeding behavior. The IIFAS was useful in predicting breast-feeding behavior only at 4 months of infant age

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Al-Madani, M
Lawrence, J
Date : 19 May 2010
DOI : 10.1177/1941406410369699
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:30
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 17:03

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