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Identification of risk factors for short breastfeeding duration in Mexico City through survival analysis

The objectives of these analyses are to identify in Mexico City recent: a) infant feeding policies in maternity wards, b) infant feeding patterns, and c) socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral and biomedical determinants of breastfeeding. Subjects (n = 518) were recruited in two large public hospitals and followed-up in their homes at one and four months post-partum (pp). Breastfeeding rates at four months ranged from 49% to 60%. The main reason given for stopping breastfeeding was insufficient milk. Multivariate survival analyses showed that delivery in a nursery (vs. rooming-in) ward, maternal employment, having a refrigerator in the household, being a teenaged mother and low maternal motivation for breastfeeding were risk factors for shorter breastfeeding duration. These results may be useful for improving breastfeeding promotion policies in Mexico.

Citation

PerezEscamilla, R., Lutter, C. K., Wickham, C., Phillips, M., TrevinoSiller, S., & Sanghvi, T. (1997). Identification of risk factors for short breastfeeding duration in Mexico City through survival analysis. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 36(1), 43-64.