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Breast Feeding Attitudes and Practices Among Adolescents
Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Mary Jo Baisch, Teen Pregnancy Service of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Medical Complex,
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
  • Barbara D. Goldberg, Teen Pregnancy Service of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Medical Complex,
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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.


Journal of Adolescent Health Care, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1989): 41-45. DOI: 10.1016/0197-0070(89)90046-6. © Elsevier 1989.

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Mary Jo Baisch, Robert A. Fox and Barbara D. Goldberg. "Breast Feeding Attitudes and Practices Among Adolescents" Journal of Adolescent Health (1989) ISSN: 1054-139X
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