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Table 3 Basic statistics and main results of reliability analysis and principal component analysis forcing one factor for the IIFAS-H (n = 553)

From: Psychometric properties of the original and short Hungarian version of the Iowa infant feeding attitude scale

  Mean St. Dev. Corrected Item-Total Correlation Cronbach’s Alpha if Item Deleted Factor Loading
1.* The nutritional benefits of breast milk last only until the baby is weaned from breast milk. 2.92 1.76 0.05 0.76 0.07
2.* Formula-feeding is more convenient than breastfeeding. 4.17 1.25 0.37 0.72 0.45
3. Breastfeeding increases mother-infant bonding. 4.57 0.91 0.51 0.71 0.64
4.* Breast milk is lacking in iron. 3.83 1.11 0.14 0.74 0.16
5. Formula-fed babies are more likely to be overfed than are breastfed babies. 3.50 1.44 0.46 0.71 0.63
6.* Formula-feeding is the better choice if a mother plans to work outside the home. 3.62 1.29 0.37 0.72 0.45
7. Mothers who formula-feed miss one of the great joys of motherhood. 2.71 1.45 0.43 0.71 0.60
8. Women should not breastfeed in public places such as restaurants. 4.36 1.07 0.33 0.72 0.40
9. Babies fed breast milk are healthier than babies who are fed formula. 3.42 1.40 0.49 0.70 0.68
10.* Breastfed babies are more likely to be overfed than formula-fed babies. 4.55 0.84 0.30 0.72 0.37
11.* Fathers feel left out if a mother breastfeeds. 4.07 1.16 −0.004 0.75 −0.02
12. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. 4.92 0.42 0.22 0.73 0.33
13. Breast milk is more easily digested than formula. 4.44 1.00 0.46 0.71 0.63
14.* Formula is as healthy for an infant as breast milk. 3.67 1.27 0.54 0.70 0.68
15. Breastfeeding is more convenient than formula-feeding. 4.08 1.23 0.50 0.70 0.60
16. Breast milk is less expensive than formula. 4.65 0.91 0.16 0.73 0.23
17.* A mother who occasionally drinks alcohol should not breastfeed her baby. 3.26 1.50 0.28 0.73 0.38
  1. *Items marked with asterisks are reverse-scored to show a positive attitude toward breastfeeding