Participation in health-enhancing behaviors not only influences the health of the mother, but of the newborn child as well.
Characteristics of the mother, especially with regard to the practice of health-enhancing behaviors, have typically been excluded from studies examining breastfeeding.
The purpose of this study was to identify health-enhancing behaviors correlated with breastfeeding among a national sample of mothers.
The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) provided the sample for this study.
All mothers between the ages of 17 and 45 (n=578) with children aged 3 or younger at the time of the interview, who breastfed, were included.
Seven health-enhancing behaviors served as the independent variables in a logistic regression analysis.
Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were calculated from the estimated regression coefficients, and comparison of proportions were made using Pearson chi-square tests of homogeneity.
Smoking less than 100 cigarettes in a lifetime, consuming five or more fruits and/or vegetables daily, and visiting a dentist annually were significantly associated with breastfeeding among the mothers in this sample.
The results of this study point to a connection between the health-enhancing behaviors of the mother and breastfeeding.
This information can be used to help professionals and practitioners gain a clearer picture of the breastfeeding mother. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Allaitement, Comportement, Santé, Corrélation, Homme, Femelle, Mère, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé physique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Breast feeding, Behavior, Health, Correlation, Human, Female, Mother, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0285420
Code Inist : 002B20G01. Création : 16/11/1999.