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Table 2 Participant characteristics

From: Perspectives about the baby friendly hospital/health initiative in Australia: an online survey

VariableFrequencyPercentage (%)
Age (n = 169)
 20–40 years4727.8
 40–60 years10562.1
 Over 60 years1710.1
Level of Education (n = 169)
 High school21.2
 Some college-tertiary education10.6
 Diploma105.9
 Undergraduate degree3721.9
 Postgraduate degree11970.4
Occupation (n = 163)
Nurses and/or midwives (n = 91)
 RN-RM3219.6
 RM2817.2
 RN95.5
 CFH Nurse95.5
 Clinical Midwife Consultant (CMC)42.5
 NUM31.8
 Paed Nurse31.8
 CFH Nurse- Paed Nurse21.2
 Enrolled nurse10.6
LCs & peer supporters (n = 38)
 Lactation consultants3119.0
 Peer supporters74.3
Research, education, accreditation (n = 25)
 Educators106.1
 Researchers95.5
 BFHI accreditors63.7
Other health professions (n = 6)
 Senior policy officer10.6
 Medical practitioner10.6
 Aboriginal health officer10.6
 Laboratory technician (breastfeeding counsellor)*10.6
 Psychologist (doula)10.6
 Chiropractor10.6
Other professions (n = 3)
 Herbalist (home birth)10.6
 Community worker10.6
 Manager (not specified)10.6
Years of work experience (n = 156)
 None21.3
 Less than 1 year53.2
 1–5 years1710.9
 6–10 years2817.9
 11–20 years4327.6
 Over 20 years6139.1
Work experience in the past month# (n = 162)
 0–8 h2616
 1–5 days2113
 6–10 days2113
 11–20 days7646.9
 21–30 days1811.1
State or Territory of practice (n = 169)
 Australian Capital Territory63.6
 Northern Territory10.3
 New South Wales6739.6
 Queensland4526.5
 South Australia105.9
 Tasmania137.7
 Victoria169.5
 Western Australia116.5
  1. *Breastfeeding counsellors are trained volunteers who provide breastfeeding support to mothers via phone, email, local support group meetings, and/or local support group. To provide such support, they must have breastfed at least one baby, hold a current Certificate IV in Breastfeeding Education (Counselling) or equivalent, and complete ongoing training [ref: https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/roles/breastfeeding-counsellors]
  2. #Hours and/or days of work experience relate to care of mothers and infants in the past month