Infant feeding in the first 12 weeks following birth: A comparison of patterns seen in Asian and non-Asian women in Australia

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Women and Birth, 2010, 23 (1), pp. 22 - 28
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Background There is a belief amongst midwives that Asian women are less likely to breastfeed compared to non-Asian women. The aim of this research was to compare the infant feeding decisions of Asian and non-Asian women on discharge from two Sydney hospitals, and at 6 and 12 weeks following birth. Participants 235 Asian and 462 non-Asian first time mothers. Methods A secondary analysis was undertaken into data from a randomised clinical trial of a perineal management technique (perineal warm packs). Simple descriptive statistics were used for analysis and Chi-square and logistic regression was used to examine differences between women from Asian and non-Asian backgrounds. Results Compared with non-Asian women, Asian women were no less likely to exclusively breastfeed on discharge from hospital (83% vs. 87%, OR 0.7, 95% CI 0.41.2), at 6 weeks (60% vs. 61%, OR 1, 95% CI 0.71.4) or 12 weeks postpartum (51% vs. 56%, OR 0.8, 95% CI 0.61.2). They were, however, significantly more likely to be partially breastfeeding on discharge from hospital (10% vs. 2%, OR 5.3, 95% CI 2.312.4), at 6 weeks (22% vs. 11%, OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.23.2) and 12 weeks postpartum (17% vs. 8%, OR 2.2, 95% CI 1.23.9).
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