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Influences on the Extent of Breast-Feeding: A Prospective Study in the Philippines

Citation

Stewart, John F.; Popkin, Barry M.; Guilkey, David K.; Akin, John S.; Adair, Linda S.; & Flieger, Wilhelm (1991). Influences on the Extent of Breast-Feeding: A Prospective Study in the Philippines. Demography, 28(2), 181-199.

Abstract

There has been much controversy about the impact of the health sector and the infant food industry on breast-feeding behavior. This study links causal factors to breast-feeding decisions, using a longitudinal survey of more than 3,000 Filipino mother-infant pairs. Most factors decreasing the likelihood that mothers will breast-feed seem to be related to family economics. Delivery in a private hospital, urban residence, high income, absence of spouse, and having worked for wages affect adversely the initiation of breast-feeding. Formula advertising and distribution of samples appear to have relatively little impact on feeding decisions.

URL

https://doi.org/10.2307/2061274

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

1991

Journal Title

Demography

Author(s)

Stewart, John F.
Popkin, Barry M.
Guilkey, David K.
Akin, John S.
Adair, Linda S.
Flieger, Wilhelm