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Table 5 Breastfeeding Knowledge Questionnaire with Principle Component Analysis Varimax rotation 2 factor solution

From: Assessing midwives' breastfeeding knowledge: Properties of the Newborn Feeding Ability questionnaire and Breastfeeding Initiation Practices scale

  Component
  1 Breastfeeding protection 2 Practice Advice
Variance Explained 27.5% 19.7%
Factor 1 Breastfeeding protection   
5. Breastfeeding decreases the incidence of gastroenteritis 0.852  
6. Breastfeeding provides increased immune function 0.820  
4. Breastfeeding protects against allergic response to protein food allergy 0.808  
3. Breastfeeding decreases the incidence of otitis media 0.761  
2. Exclusive breastfeeding (without supplementation) is the most beneficial form of nutrition for the first six months of an infant's life 0.685  
7. Supplementing breastfeeding with formula during the first two weeks of life is a cause of breastfeeding failure 0.451  
1. Counseling by midwives is effective in encouraging more women to breastfeed 0.444  
Factor 2 Practice Advice   
13. If baby does not seem satisfied tell the mother to stop breastfeeding completely   0.720
11. If baby is teething tell the mother to stop breastfeeding completely   0.661
9. If a mother has insufficient milk supply tell her to stop breastfeeding completely   0.652
12. If baby has frequent, loose stools tell the mother to stop breastfeeding completely   0.644
8. If a mother has mastitis tell her to stop breastfeeding completely   0.559
10. If mother has a breast abscess tell her to stop breastfeeding completely   0.543
Cronbach Alpha 0.85* 0.69
  1. * Alpha with Items 7 & 1 removed.