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Table 5 Most challenging and helpful themes ranked as first

From: Helpful and challenging aspects of breastfeeding in public for women living in Australia, Ireland and Sweden: a cross-sectional study

Challenging themesWomen living in Australia
(N = 2332)
n(%)
Women living in Ireland
(N = 1648)
n(%)
Women living in Sweden
(N = 1220)
n(%)
 Unwanted attention629 (27.0%)467 (28.3%)466 (38.2%)
 No comfortable place to sit468 (20.1%)281 (17.0%)80 (6.6%)
 Environment not suitable439 (18.8%)479 (29.0%)213 (17.5%)
 Awkward audience281 (12.0%)318 (19.2%)220 (18.0%)
 Not wearing appropriate clothing174 (7.5%)71 (4.3%)16 (1.3%)
 Potential for baby to be distracted122 (5.2%)97 (5.8%)9 (0.7%)
 Struggling with feeding issues111 (4.8%)48 (2.9%)37 (3.0%)
 Managing a distressed baby63 (2.7%)21 (1.2%)9 (0.7%)
 Having to manage other children45 (1.9%)17 (1.0%)2 (0.2%)
Helpful themesWomen living in Australia
(N = 2466)
n(%)
Women living in Ireland
(N = 1744)
n(%)
Women living in Sweden
(N = 1250)
n(%)
 Supportive network459 (18.6%)500 (28.7%)114 (9.1%)
 Quiet private suitable environment450 (18.2%)166 (9.5%)231 (18.5%)
 Comfortable seating387 (15.7%)169 (9.7%)167 (13.4%)
 Understanding and acceptance of others377 (15.3%)286 (16.4%)321 (25.7%)
 Seeing other mothers breastfeed203 (8.2%)206 (11.8%)126 (10.1%)
 Wearing suitable clothing or having a cover200 (8.1%)72 (4.1%)56 (4.5%)
 Preparation and confidence170 (6.9%)176 (10.1%)84 (6.7%)
 Breastfeeding is overtly welcomed154 (6.2%)145 (8.3%)71 (5.7%)
 Knowledge of mother’s and children’s rights66 (2.7%)24 (1.4%)85 (6.8%)
  1. Women offered multiple responses so frequencies do not add up to 100%