King, Sondra L.
B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
The trend in breast-feeding in the United States during this century has generally declined and at present represents a little over half of newborn infants being breast-fed at hospital dismissal and approximately 20%-35% at four to six months of age. The Healthy People 2000 National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention objective to increase breast-feeding to at least 75% of all babies in the early weeks of life is not being achieved. Another goal of the objective is that at least 50% of the babies continue to be breast-fed to five or six months of age. The purpose of this study was to determine if increased knowledge of the benefits of breast-feeding would result in more favorable attitudes toward breast-feeding. An attitudinal survey yielding Likert-type scores was constructed from responses to open-ended questions regarding breast-feeding and administered to different levels of nutrition majors at Northern Illinois University. Data was analyzed using the Statistical Analysis System using two-factor analysis of variance and multiple regression analysis. The study reflected that increasing the knowledge of the benefits of breast-feeding resulted in a more positive attitude toward breast-feeding in the target population. Various proposals are included to address the applications of the significant results of the study.
Dagenais, Roberta J., "Shaping tomorrow with research more favorable attitudes toward breast-feeding as a result of increasing knowledge of benefits of breast-feeding" (1996). Honors Capstones. 1006.
24, 24 pages
Northern Illinois University
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