Breastfeeding experiences of Japanese women living in Perth, Australia

Utaka, Hideko, Li, Lin, Kagawa, Masaharu, Okada, Mamiko , & Hiramatsu, Naoko (2005) Breastfeeding experiences of Japanese women living in Perth, Australia. Breastfeeding Review, 13(2), pp. 5-11.

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The aim of this study was to document the breastfeeding practices of Japanese-Australian mothers living in Perth. A cross-sectional survey of mothers who had delivered babies in Japan or Australia or both was carried out on a sample of 163 mothers recruited through Japanese social and cultural groups in Perth and by a 'snowball' technique. Factors involved in the decision to breastfeed were analysed using multivariate regression analysis. The main outcome measures were the initiation and duration of breastfeeding and cultural beliefs about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding initiation rates of the Japanese- Australian mothers in Japan and in Australia were higher than for other Australians and are consistent with breastfeeding rates in Japan. In Australia, 65% of Japanese-Australian mothers were still breastfeeding at six months. The most common reason for the decision to cease breastfeeding was 'insufficient breastmilk'. The significant factors in breastfeeding duration were 'the time the infant was introduced to infant formula', 'the time when the feeding decision was made', 'doctors support breastfeeding' and 'the mother received enough help from hospital staff'; these were positively associated with the duration of breastfeeding. Japanese mothers take a lot of notice of advice given by health professionals about infant feeding practices.

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ID Code: 28545
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Breastfeeding, Australia, Japanese Mothers, Cultural Influences
ISSN: 0729-2759
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (111100) > Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified (111199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Breastfeeding Association
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2009 04:45
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:58

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