Breast Feeding Attitudes and Practices Among Adolescents
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Journal of Adolescent Health
Breast-feeding attitudes of 128 low-income, pregnant adolescents were assessed using a questionnaire developed for this population. Teens who had been breast-fed as infants had more positive attitudes than bottle-led teens (p < 0.002); no differences in attitudes were found by race or age. Pregnant teens who planned to breast-feed their infants had higher attitude scores than those who planned to bottle feed or who were uncertain (p < 0.001). Of the sample, 32.4% subsequently brest-fed their baby; these teen mothers had more positive attitude scores than the teen mothers who bottle fed (p < 0.001). The prenatal infant feeding plans of these pregnant teens were significantly related to their postnatal feeding practices (p < 0.001). Selected implications of these data for health care professionals are discussed.