Attitudes Toward Breast-feeding Among Mexican- American Women

by Johanna Shapiro, PhD and Eleanor B. Saltzer, RN, PhD

Although several studies have examined factors influencing breast-feeding1″3 there are almost no
studies of the attitudes prevalent in the Mexican-American population. The purpose of this study was to document attitudes and beliefs pertinent to breastfeeding prevalent in the Mexican-American culture. Specifically, we attempted to determine the relationship of attitude and knowledge to intention to breastfeed in this population. We also examined various demographic variables as possible predictors of attitude, knowledge, and intention.

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