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Table 3 Total categories ranked first, second or third by Australian, Irish and Swedish women

From: Australian, Irish and Swedish women’s perceptions of what assisted them to breastfeed for six months: exploratory design using critical incident technique

Australian Category citations N = 449 n (%) Irish Category citations N = 192 n (%) Swedish Category citations N = 382 n (%)
Breastfeeding was going well 100 (22.3) Informal face to face support 41 (21.4) Health professional support 55 (14.4)
Maternal knowledge of health benefits 89 (19.8) Informal online support 30 (15.6) Informal face to face support 47 (12.3)
Health professional support 66 (14.7) Partner support 26 (13.5) Partner support 47 (12.3)
Informal face to face support 49 (10.9) Maternal self-determination 25 (13.0) Maternal self-determination 44 (11.5)
Maternal self-determination 42 (9.3) Breastfeeding was going well 21 (11.0) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 41 (10.7)
Partner support 39 (8.7) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 18 (9.4) Breastfeeding was going well 41 (10.7)
Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 25 (5.6) Health professional support 11 (5.7) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 40 (10.5)
Cultural norm 17 (3.8) Cultural norm 9 (4.7) Cultural norm 36 (9.4)
Work environment 14 (3.1) Work environment 9 (4.7) Informal online support 28 (7.3)
Informal online support 8 (1.8) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 2 (1.0) Work environment 3 (0.8)
Total 449 (100)   192 (100)   382 (100)