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Breastfeeding in Northern Ireland: A Summary Report on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour

Creator:

Health Promotion Agency

Subject Keywords: ATTITUDES, BEHAVIOUR, BREASTFEEDING, CHILD HEALTH, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, KNOWLEDGE, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland
Description:

The Department of Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland established the Regional Breastfeeding Strategy Group (RBSG) in 1999 to address the issue of low breastfeeding incidence and to develop a breastfeeding strategy. Two studies were commissioned; one quantitative survey with a representative sample of the general public and a more in-depth piece of qualitative research mainly with women of childbearing age. This report aims to present some of the key findings from these studies. The main objectives were to explore: - current knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding - public attitudes and social acceptability of breastfeeding - the prevalence of breastfeeding in Northern Ireland and the influence of age, education, employment status and socioeconomic group on prevalence of breastfeeding - factors that influence a woman's feeding decision - the best time for informing potential mothers about breastfeeding - sources of information that women find useful - the way forward for the promotion of breastfeeding in Northern Ireland

Date:

01/03/2003

Rights: © Health Promotion Agency
Suggested citation:

Health Promotion Agency. (2003) Breastfeeding in Northern Ireland: A Summary Report on Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/4571 [Accessed: 15th November 2018].

  

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