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Can Fam Physician. 2007 May;53(5):887-91, 886.

Physicians as mothers: breastfeeding practices of physician-mothers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Discipline of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 300 Prince Phillip Dr, St John's, NL A1B 3V6. pduke@mun.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the initiation rate and duration of breastfeeding among female physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to identify demographic factors that might influence duration of breastfeeding in this population.

DESIGN:

Mailed survey.

SETTING:

Newfoundland and Labrador.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred eighty licensed female physicians.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Self-reported initiation of breastfeeding for each baby born, duration of breastfeeding in number of months, and reasons for ending breastfeeding.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 68%. The breastfeeding initiation rate among respondents was 96.6%. More physicians who graduated in 1980 or later breastfed for longer periods (63.9% vs 33.3%, P = .008). More family doctors than specialists breastfed their babies for longer periods (65.5% vs 33.3%, P = .004). More physicians whose partners were working part-time breastfed for longer periods than physicians whose partners were working full-time (83.3% vs 50.8%, P = .037). Other factors, such as age, income, maternity leave and benefits, part-time or full-time work, and urban or rural practice, did not affect duration of breastfeeding. Personal issues accounted for 51% of respondents' ending breastfeeding; baby issues accounted for 38%, practice issues for 33%, medical school issues for 4%, and societal issues for 1%.

CONCLUSION:

The breastfeeding initiation rate among female physician respondents in Newfoundland and Labrador was 96.6%; more than 50% of these physicians breastfed for longer than 7 months. Physicians graduating in 1980 or later breastfed their babies for longer.

PMID:
17872752
PMCID:
PMC1949176
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