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Am J Public Health. 1997 Oct;87(10):1709-11.

Unintended pregnancy and breast-feeding behavior.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study assessed the effect of unintended pregnancy on breast-feeding behavior.

METHODS:

All women delivering a live birth between January 1, 1995, and July 31, 1996 (n = 33,735), in the 15-county central New York region were asked whether they had intended to become pregnant and their breast-feeding plans.

RESULTS:

Women with mistimed pregnancies, and pregnancies that were not wanted were significantly less likely to breast-feed than were women whose pregnancies were planned. After adjustment for confounding variables and contraindications for breast-feeding, the odds ratios of not breast-feeding remained significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Promoting breast-feeding among women with unintended pregnancies is important to improve health status.

PMID:
9357361
PMCID:
PMC1381142
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