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Article: Predictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong and Mainland China born mothers

TitlePredictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong and Mainland China born mothers
Authors
KeywordsBreastfeeding
Issue Date2015
Citation
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2015, v. 15, n. 1 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2015 Lok et al.Background: In recent years there has been a steady influx of immigrants into Hong Kong from Mainland China, where breastfeeding patterns differ. Studies in other regions have found substantial differences in breastfeeding rates between native-born and immigrant mothers. The purpose of this study was to examine factors associated with breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong born and Mainland China born mothers living in Hong Kong. Methods: We used a multi-center cross-sectional study design and recruited 2761 new mothers from the postnatal wards of all eight public hospitals in Hong Kong that offer obstetric services. We assessed breastfeeding status as well as various socio-demographic, maternal and birth characteristics. Chi-square tests and multivariable logistic regression were used to identify the predictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong born and Mainland China born participants. Results: 80.3% of Hong Kong and 81.1% of Mainland Chinese born women initiated breastfeeding. In the fully adjusted models, multiparity (Odds Ratio [OR] 0.53, 95% CI 0.43-0.66) and maternal smoking (OR 0.29, 95% CI 0.18-0.45) were strongly associated with failure to initiate breastfeeding in both Hong Kong and Mainland China born participants. In Hong Kong born mothers, participants with lower maternal education and those who had a cesarean section were significantly less likely to breastfeed. For Mainland China born mothers, paternal smoking (OR 0.70, 95% CI 0.49-0.99) and having a pregnancy-related health problem (OR 0.60, 95% CI 0.38-0.94) were both additional risk factors for not breastfeeding. Conclusion: This study has identified predictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong and Mainland China born mothers. Given the current high breastfeeding initiation rates among both groups, antenatal breastfeeding education and promotion programmes need to specifically intervene with sub-groups of pregnant women at risk for not breastfeeding so that their efforts are more strategic and cost-effective.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228233

 

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dc.contributor.authorLok, Kris Yuet Wan-
dc.contributor.authorBai, Dorothy Li-
dc.contributor.authorTarrant, Marie-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-01T06:45:31Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-01T06:45:31Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2015, v. 15, n. 1-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/228233-
dc.description.abstract© 2015 Lok et al.Background: In recent years there has been a steady influx of immigrants into Hong Kong from Mainland China, where breastfeeding patterns differ. Studies in other regions have found substantial differences in breastfeeding rates between native-born and immigrant mothers. The purpose of this study was to examine factors associated with breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong born and Mainland China born mothers living in Hong Kong. Methods: We used a multi-center cross-sectional study design and recruited 2761 new mothers from the postnatal wards of all eight public hospitals in Hong Kong that offer obstetric services. We assessed breastfeeding status as well as various socio-demographic, maternal and birth characteristics. Chi-square tests and multivariable logistic regression were used to identify the predictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong born and Mainland China born participants. Results: 80.3% of Hong Kong and 81.1% of Mainland Chinese born women initiated breastfeeding. In the fully adjusted models, multiparity (Odds Ratio [OR] 0.53, 95% CI 0.43-0.66) and maternal smoking (OR 0.29, 95% CI 0.18-0.45) were strongly associated with failure to initiate breastfeeding in both Hong Kong and Mainland China born participants. In Hong Kong born mothers, participants with lower maternal education and those who had a cesarean section were significantly less likely to breastfeed. For Mainland China born mothers, paternal smoking (OR 0.70, 95% CI 0.49-0.99) and having a pregnancy-related health problem (OR 0.60, 95% CI 0.38-0.94) were both additional risk factors for not breastfeeding. Conclusion: This study has identified predictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong and Mainland China born mothers. Given the current high breastfeeding initiation rates among both groups, antenatal breastfeeding education and promotion programmes need to specifically intervene with sub-groups of pregnant women at risk for not breastfeeding so that their efforts are more strategic and cost-effective.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectBreastfeeding-
dc.titlePredictors of breastfeeding initiation in Hong Kong and Mainland China born mothers-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s12884-015-0719-5-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84946227511-
dc.identifier.hkuros256449-
dc.identifier.volume15-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spagenull-
dc.identifier.epagenull-
dc.identifier.eissn1471-2393-

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