Creating a breastfeeding culture: a comparison of breastfeeding practices in Australia and Iran

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Zareai, Mitra, O'Brien, Maxine L. and Fallon, Anthony B.. 2007. "Creating a breastfeeding culture: a comparison of breastfeeding practices in Australia and Iran." Breastfeeding Review. 15 (2), pp. 15-20.
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Creating a breastfeeding culture: a comparison of breastfeeding practices in Australia and Iran

ERA Journal ID13451
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsZareai, Mitra (Author), O'Brien, Maxine L. (Author) and Fallon, Anthony B. (Author)
Journal TitleBreastfeeding Review
Journal Citation15 (2), pp. 15-20
Number of Pages6
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0729-2759
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=200708888;res=APAFT
Abstract

Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants and has a unique biological and emotional influence on the health of both mother and child. However, despite the well documented health benefits of breastfeeding most Australian women discontinue breastfeeding before the recommended time. This study attempts to identify variables influencing breastfeeding practices in Australia by comparing Australia with Iran, which enjoys a comparatively high breastfeeding rate. The study found a range of variables which appeared to negatively influence breastfeeding practices in Australia including: a comparatively inadequate national program for the promotion of breastfeeding, less uptake of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, more rapid return to paid work and cultural issues.

Keywordsbreastfeeding initiation; breastfeeding duration; baby friendly hospital initiative; culture; working mother; breast feeding; Iran; infant: 1-23 months; newborn: birth-1 month; female
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
420499. Midwifery not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsCentre for Rural and Remote Area Health
Department of Psychology
University of Sydney
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