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Table 5 Attitudes of 146 health visitors from the Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Scale

From: The effect of health visitors on breastfeeding in Glasgow

  SD-strongly disagree, D-disagree, N-neutral, A-agree, SA-strongly agree SD % D % N % A % SA %
1. The benefits of breast milk last only as long as the baby is breast fed* 76 11 6 3 3
2. Formula feeding is more convenient than breastfeeding* 56 24 12 3 5
3. Breastfeeding increases mother infant bonding 3 6 16 20 55
4. Breast milk is lacking in iron* 40 26 18 6 9
5. Formula fed babies are more likely to be overfed than breastfed babies 3 11 20 37 30
6. Formula feeding is the better choice if the mother plans to go back to work* 39 39 19 3 1
7. Mothers who formula feed miss one of the great joys of motherhood 12 12 28 24 24
8. Women should not breastfeed in public places such as restaurants* 82 10 3 2 3
9. Breastfed babies are healthier than formula fed babies 3 5 16 32 45
10. Breastfed babies are more likely to be overfed than formula fed babies* 60 21 14 2 3
11. Fathers feel left out if a mother breast feeds* 16 23 42 18 1
12. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies 7 0 0 2 91
13. Breast milk is more easily digested than formula 6 2 0 8 84
14. Formula is as healthy for an infant as breast milk* 44 29 19 6 2
15. Breastfeeding is more convenient than formula 3 2 12 29 54
16. Breast milk is cheaper than formula 5 3 5 10 77
17. A mother who occasionally drinks alcohol should not breastfeed her baby* 47 31 15 3 4
  1. *Variables reverse scored to calculate total infant feeding attitude so that a strongly breastfeeding attitude has a score of 5 for each question giving a maximum score of 85 and minimum of 17
  2. Mean score 71.2 SD 8.4 Cronbach's a = 0.79, median 72, range 28–85, interquartile range 66–77