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Table 6 Categories ranked as 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 Categories N = 143 n (%) Irish Categories N = 64 n (%) Swedish Categories N = 109 n (%)
Breastfeeding was going well 40 (28.0) Informal face to face support 15 (23.4) Health professional support 25 (22.9)
Health professional support 24 (16.8) Maternal self-determination 11 (17.2) Partner support 15(13.8)
Informal face to face support 19 (13.3) Informal online support 10 (15.6) Informal face to face support 15 (13.8)
Maternal self-determination 12 (8.4) Breastfeeding was going well 8 (12.5) Informal online support 11 (10.1)
Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 12 (8.4) Partner support 5 (7.8) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 10 (9.2)
Partner support 11 (7.7) Health professional support 5 (7.8) Cultural norm 9 (8.3)
Maternal knowledge of health benefits 8 (5.6) Maternal knowledge of health benefits 4 (6.3) Maternal self-determination 8 (7.3)
Work environment 7 (4.9) Work environment 3 (4.7) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits 8 (7.3)
Cultural norm 6 (4.2) Cultural norm 3 (4.7) Breastfeeding was going well 7 (6.4)
Informal online support 4 (2.8) Maternal awareness of psychological benefits - Work environment 1 (0.9)
Total 143 (100)   64 (100)   109 (100)