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Table 3 Infant feeding attitude variables associated with the risk of discontinuing breastfeeding at 26 and 52 weeks

From: The influence of infant feeding attitudes on breastfeeding duration: evidence from a cohort study in rural Western Australia

Variable EBF (26 weeks) ABF (26 weeks) ABF (52 weeks)
aHR 95 % CI aHR 95 % CI aHR 95 % CI
Mother’s perception of father’s feeding preference       
 Ambivalent or prefers bottle-feeding 1.48 1.11, 1.97 1.71 1.02, 2.85 NS  
 Prefers breastfeeding (ref) 1.00   1.00    
Mother’s perception of maternal grandmother’s feeding preference       
 Ambivalent or prefers bottle-feeding NS   1.96 1.08, 3.54 2.05 1.37, 3.08
 Prefers breastfeeding (ref)    1.00   1.00  
Mother’s Iowa Infant Feeding Attitude Score (IIFAS)       
 ≤65 1.81 1.30, 2.51 3.45 2.05, 5.81 2.38 1.63, 3.49
 > 65 (ref) 1.00   1.00   1.00  
  1. ABF Any breastfeeding
  2. EBF Exclusive breastfeeding
  3. NS Not significant
  4. aHR adjusted Hazard Ratio
  5. Variables entered into full model included: maternal age, mother perception of father’s feeding preference, infant’s gender, parity (primiparous/multiparous), infant’s birth weight (< 2500g), whether infant was admitted to SCN, whether mother received conflicting advice in hospital, attendance at antenatal classes, mothers level of education, demand feeding in hospital, fathers occupation, early breast contact, rooming in in hospital, delivery method, grandmothers feeding preference, grandmother’s breastfeeding history, when feeding method was decided, mothers employment in the previous six months, marital status, time to regional centre, mother’s IIAFAS score, age of infant when pacifier introduced, mother’s smoking during pregnancy, planned pregnancy, household income, breastfeeding problems experienced by week four, age of infant when mother returned to work, maternal pre-pregnancy obesity