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Table 7 Univariate and Multivariate analysis describing the association between Health Visitor related factors and continued breastfeeding at 2nd visit for those who were breastfeeding at first visit (n = 825)

From: The effect of health visitors on breastfeeding in Glasgow

  Infants breastfed at 1st visit Breastfeeding stopped by 2nd visit (%) OR (95%CI) p Adjusted OR* (95%CI) p
HV breastfeeding support training 1998 or 1999
Yes 549 105 (19) 1   1  
No 263 71 (27) 1.56 (1.11,2.21) 0.01 1.74 (1.13,2.68) 0.01
Not Known 13      
Postnatal contact practiced by HV
Weekly visits 151 44 (29) 1   1  
Contact from HV 412 79 (19) 0.58 (0.38,0.89) 0.01 0.55 (0.32,0.94) 0.03
Available if called 194 44 (23) 0.71 (0.44,1.16) 0.17 0.73 (0.39,1.36) 0.32
Not Known 68      
Feeding attitude of health visitors (IIFAS)
Pro-breast feeding       
Highest quartile 207 38 (18) 1   1  
Quartile 2 206 45 (22) 1.22 (0.77,2.02) 0.38 1.30 (0.71,2.38) 0.39
Quartile 3 206 48 (23) 1.35 (0.84,2.17) 0.22 1.57 (0.88,2.84) 0.13
Lowest quartile 206 48 (23) 1.35 (0.84,2.17) 0.22 1.25 (0.68,2.31) 0.48
Pro-infant formula feeding       
HV uses commercial company leaflets
No 187 45 (19) 1   1  
Yes 445 132 (23) 1.23 (0.84,1.80) 0.28 1.19 (0.74,1.91) 0.48
Not Known 193      
Breastfeeding support groups available to mothers
Yes 597 125 (21) 1   1  
No 228 54 (24) 1.17 (0.81,1.69) 0.39 1.40 (0.87,2.22) 0.16
  1. * Adjustment was made for maternal age, smoking status, employment status and DEPCAT