Views of Breastfeeding Versus Bottle Feeding among Middle Eastern and Caucasian Women in Ontario, Canada

by Shumail Hakimi, MPH, Hadi Danawi, PhD MPH, and Janice Ruggles, MD FRCSC

Abstract: Breast milk contains the majority of nutrition that an infant needs. Substituting or combining formula is not necessary unless medically advised. A difference in feeding patterns between mothers of Middle Eastern and Caucasian descent was observed in South-Western Ontario. Mothers of Middle Eastern descent are in favour of combining breast milk with bottle feeding, while Caucasian mothers prefer breastfeeding for the first six months. We used a retrospective study to investigate reasons behind this discrepancy. A better understanding was gained from the results leading to recommend educational intervention before, during and after giving birth.

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