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Table 4 Categories ranked as first 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 Categories N = 153 n (%) Irish Categories N = 64 n (%) Swedish Categories N = 139 n (%)
Maternal knowledge of health benefits 54 (35.3) Informal face to face support 13 (20.3) Maternal self-determination 27 (19.4)
Health professional support 22 (14.4) Partner support 11 (17.2) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 21 (15.1)
Breastfeeding was going well 19 (12.4) Informal online support 11 (17.2) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 21 (15.1)
Maternal self-determination 18 (11.8) Maternal self-determination 8 (12.5) Partner support 18 (12.9)
Partner support 17 (11.1) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 7 (10.9) Breastfeeding was going well 17 (12.2)
Informal face to face support 9 (5.9) Breastfeeding was going well 5 (7.8) Informal face to face support 11 (7.9)
Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 7 (4.6) Cultural norm 4 (6.3) Health professional support 10 (7.2)
Work environment 3 (2.0) Work environment 4 (6.3) Cultural norm 9 (6.5)
Cultural norm 3 (2.0) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 1 (1.6) Informal online support 3 (2.2)
Informal online support 1 (0.7) Health professional support - Work environment 2 (1.4)
Total 153 (100)   64 (100)   139 (100)