Objectives: Provide a better understanding of the process used by low-income pregnant/postpartum women when deciding whether to breast-feed or not. Methods: Pregnant/postpartum women admitted to an obstetrics floor completed a survey to determine breast-feeding intention (n=88). Results: Subjects were primarily Hispanic and African American women. Beliefs and referent other were related positively to attitude and subjective norm, respectively. Subjective norm was related positively to intention to breast-feed. Breast-feeding knowledge was low. Conclusions: Others' opinions clearly influence feeding intentions among this population of low-income women. Inclusion of these significant others, family, and friends within the breast-feeding education process is warranted. :.
- Expanded rational expectation intentions model
- Theory of reasoned action