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Table 2 Factors that influenced mothers’ breastfeeding decision

From: Factors associated with breastfeeding intent among mothers of newborn babies in Da Nang, Viet Nam

Factors Most important Second most important*
n (%) n (%)
In mothers who were breastfeeding (n = 259)
Reasons for breastfeeding my child I believe breastmilk is the best 203 (78.4) 20 (13.6)
It improves mother-infant bonding 25 (9.7) 73 (49.7)
It is hygienic 14 (5.4) 32 (21.8)
It is convenient 9 (3.5) 15 (10.2)
It is economical 6 (2.3) 7 (4.8)
Othera 2 (0.8) NA
Main people who influenced my decision** I made the decision myself 161 (62.4) 9 (10.3)
Health professional 42 (16.3) 21 (24.1)
Husband 36 (14.0) 29 (33.3)
Mother(s) 13 (5.0) 27 (31.0)
Nanny 6 (2.3) 1 (1.1)
In mothers who were NOT breastfeeding (n = 27)
Reasons for not breastfeeding my child I have tried unsuccessfully 22 (81.5) 0
I am too tired to breastfeed 2 (7.4) 3 (75.0)
Otherb 3 (11.1) 1 (25.0)
Main people who influenced my decision I made the decision myself 25 (92.6) 0
Mother(s) 2 (7.4) 0
  1. NA not applicable
  2. *This does not necessarily add up to N, since many mothers failed to indicate the second most important factor; **Data was missing for 1
  3. aBreastmilk protects my child from diseases; My child refused formula milk
  4. bMy child was unable to latch successfully (× 2); I have not had milk since giving birth, but will try again