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Table 4 Breastfeeding attitudes of participants visiting four primary healthcare clinics in Abu Dhabi (n = 344)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of breastfeeding among women visiting primary healthcare clinics on the island of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Variable Number (%)
Response of participants to breastfeeding attitude questions (Total of six scored questions)
 Breastfeeding can increase the mother’s weight:
  Agree 69 (20.6)
  Neutral 86 (25.7)
  Disagreea 180 (53.7)
 One of the causes of hair loss is breastfeeding:
  Agree 114 (34)
  Neutral 74 (22.1)
  Disagreea 147 (43.9)
 Pumping breast milk makes it no longer beneficial for the child:
  Agree 39 (11.7)
  Neutral 89 (26.7)
  Disagreea 205 (61.6)
 Mothers should stop breastfeeding if they take any type of medication:
  Agree 138 (41.8)
  Neutral 105 (31.8)
  Disagreea 87 (26.4)
 Intention to breastfeed future children:
  Agreea 307 (92.8)
  Neutral 15 (4.5)
  Disagree 9 (2.7)
 Plan to attend breastfeeding classes in future pregnancy:
  Agreea 219 (66.6)
  Neutral 82 (24.9)
  Disagree 28 (8.5)
Overall participants’ attitude level:
 Good 72 (20.9)
 Fair 182 (52.9)
 Poor 90 (26.2)
Reasons behind adoption of breastfeeding:
 Religious background 123 (37)
 Healthcare providers 92 (27.7)
 Child health 298 (89.8)
 Media 26 (7.8)
 Cleanliness and easy preparation 105 (31.6)
 Personal determination or experience 11 (3.3)
 Encouragement from mother/mother-in-law 79 (23.8)
 Encouragement from husband 81 (24.4)
 Other 8 (2.4)
 I don’t know 11 (3.3)
  1. aResponse indicates positive attitude