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Research Article

Mothers' attitudes in infant feeding at Newcastle General Hospital in summer 1975.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 07 February 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:308
  1. C J Bacon,
  2. J M Wylie


    Two-hundred successively delivered mothers were asked about their attitudes towards feeding their babies, the influences on them, and their personal and social backgrounds. Initially 39% intended to breast-feed, though in the first few weeks many gave up. Choosing to breast-feed, and success in doing so, were strongly associated with higher social class. The commonest reason given by those who chose the bottle was the embarrassment of breast-feeding. Efforts to increase the numbers of mothers choosing to breast-feed should concentrate on those mothers who remain undecided on their method of feeding. If they are to breast-feed their babies successfully they will need careful advice and support both before and after delivery.