Journal Highlight | 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. Please view our journal to read the full article, and other articles in this quarter’s International Journal of Childbirth Education. You must be logged in to your account to view the Journal.

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