Provision of Information about Infant Feeding Postpartum Through Digital Media

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Title: Provision of Information about Infant Feeding Postpartum Through Digital Media
Authors: Mullaney, LauraCawley, ShonaO'Higgins, AmyKennedy, RachelMcCartney, DanielTurner, Michael
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Date: 30-Jul-2016
Online since: 2018-02-26T18:25:00Z
Abstract: Abstract Women seek information about infant feeding from multiple sources, which may conflict. Increasingly women use digital media for pregnancy information. This study examined women's use of digital media for information on infant feeding. In addition to clinical and socio-demographic data, detailed data concerning women's infant feeding practices and their use of digital media for infant feeding information were collected. We surveyed 295 women who attended nine months postpartum as part of a longitudinal study on maternal weight trajectories. Digital media was used by 130 women (44.1%) to access information on infant feeding, which is higher than hitherto reported. Women who did not use digital media were more likely to be multigravidous (p = 0.03), to be socially disadvantaged (p = 0.01), and were less likely to breastfeed (p = 0.01). However, on multivariable analysis, only women economically disadvantaged were less likely to use digital media [OR 0.25, p < 0.02]. The types of digital media used varied, and an overwhelming majority were non-subscription resources. Less than 5% of women used professional evidence-based digital media sources. The use of digital media was not associated with the timing of weaning. Information on infant feeding should be evidence-based and provided digitally to women across all socioeconomic gradients as part of an e-health national policy.                           
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: ClinMed International Library
Journal: International Archives of Nursing and Health Care
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Copyright (published version): 2016 the Authors
Keywords: Digital mediaInfant feedingBreastfeedingEvidence-based
DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510054
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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