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Table 2 Maternal attitudes towards breastfeeding (n = 322)

From: An exploration of the knowledge and attitudes towards breastfeeding among a sample of Chinese mothers in Ireland

  Disagree Agree Don't know
  (%) (%) (%)
I do not like breastfeeding. 78.7 17.1 4.1
Breast milk is less expensive than infant formula. 23.7 68.0 8.2
Breastfeeding can allow mother's weight to return to normal earlier than formula feeding. 12.3 65.2 22.5
Breastfeeding will make mothers' breasts sag. 30.0 53.6 16.4
Formula feeding is more convenient than breastfeeding. 42.0 53.6 4.4
Formula feeding is a better choice if the mother works or studies outside home. 9.1 88.0 2.8
Mothers who formula-feed miss one of the great joys of motherhood. 22.5 66.1 11.4
I would feel embarrassed if someone saw me breastfeeding. 45.7 51.7 2.5
I will not breastfeed in public. 31.6 65.2 3.2
Formula feeding is a symbol of wealth. 90.0 3.1 6.9
Breastfeeding is old fashioned. 96.6 0.9 2.5
I do not think I know enough about breastfeeding. 39.3 54.7 6.0
If husband/partner objects to breastfeeding, I will give up. 77.4 16.3 6.3
Infant formula advertisements have influenced my feeding decision. 78.3 17.0 4.7
Some traditional Chinese food can help to improve milk production. 5.3 85.2 9.4
Five classifications of foods (cold, sharp, hot, poisonous, windy) should be avoided during lactation because these foods have a negative effect on the nursing baby. 7.2 86.5 6.3
Public facilities (e.g. restaurants, shopping centre, public toilets) in Ireland are more supportive for breastfeeding practices than those in China. 8.1 82.2 9.7
There is more promotion and education on breastfeeding in Ireland than in China. 26.5 48.6 24.9
Living in Ireland is a barrier for Chinese women to breastfeed. 51.4 35.5 13.1
  1. Disagree = Strongly disagree/Tend to disagree; Agree = Strongly agree/Tend to agree.