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Table 5 Categories ranked as second 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 = 134 n (%)
Breastfeeding was going well 41 (26.8) Informal face to face support 13 (20.3) Informal face to face support 22(16.4)
Maternal knowledge of health benefits 27 (17.6) Partner support 10 (15.6) Health professional support 20 (14.9)
Informal face to face support 21 (13.7) Informal online support 9 (14.1) Cultural norm 18 (13.4)
Health professional support 20 (13.1) Breastfeeding was going well 8 (12.5) Breastfeeding was going well 17 (12.7)
Maternal self-determination 12 (7.8) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 7 (10.9) Partner support 14 (10.4)
Partner support 11 (7.2) Maternal self-determination 6 (9.4) Informal online support 13 (9.7)
Cultural norm 8 (5.2) Health professional support 6 (9.4) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 11 (8.2)
Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 6 (3.9) Work environment 2 (3.1) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 10 (7.5)
Work environment 4 (2.6) Cultural norm 2 (3.1) Maternal self-determination 9 (6.7)
Informal online support 3 (2.0) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 1 (1.6) Work environment -
Total 153 (100)   64 (100)   134 (100)