Infant Feeding Decisions and Practices in the U.S. and Colombia

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Publication Date: 
03/2005
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13
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237
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Abstract: 

Infant feeding decisions and practices were examined in a preliminary cross-cultural sample of the U.S. and Colombia using the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) and the Transtheoretical Model (TM) (Humphreys, Thompson & Miner, 1998) as a theoretical framework. The sample consisted of 80 participants in the third trimester of pregnancy, 40 were recruited in the U.S. and 40 in Colombia. As hypothesized, breastfeeding rates were significantly higher in Colombia than in the U.S. Breastfeeding rates were not significantly mediated by income, and perceived social support for breastfeeding was significantly higher in Colombia.

KEY WORDS: Infant feeding decisions, breastfeeding practices, cross-cultural breastfeeding practices, decision-making processes in breastfeeding practice.

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