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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), 181-99.

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

Journal Title

Demography

Author(s)

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

Year Published

1991

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

2

Pages

181-99

Reference ID

816