Correlates of breast-feeding in a rural population

Michelle B. Hanson, Wendy L Hellerstedt, Moïse Desvarieux, Sue Duval

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Objectives: To examine the associations of education and employment with breast-feeding initiation and duration in rural mothers, in the context of environmental, social, and intrapersonal factors. Methods: Data from a telephone survey of 414 mothers from rural Minnesota were examined with regression analyses. Results: Education and employment had individual and interactive effects of breastfeeding practices. Women with higher educations and those who were not employed full-time were more likely to initiate and maintain a longer duration of breast-feeding. Conclusions: Rural women with less than college educations and who work full-time may need the most support for initiating and maintaining breast-feeding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-444
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Breast-feeding
  • Maternal health
  • Rural
  • Social indicators
  • Women's health


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