Attitudes of teenagers in Liverpool to breast feeding.BMJ 1989; 299 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.299.6692.147 (Published 15 July 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;299:147
To explore the attitudes of teenagers to breast feeding in Liverpool, where only 30-35% of babies are breast fed, a questionnaire survey of 400 pupils aged 14 and 15 was carried out. Only 70 (18%) had been breast fed. Three quarters of the pupils thought breast feeding was healthier than bottle feeding and that it was natural, but 32 (8%) thought that it was rude. Most pupils said that breast feeding should be discussed in class. More open discussion might reduce embarrassment and also help prepare for parenthood.