Table 4.

Pediatricians' Opinions on Issues Involving Breastfeeding Promotion and Benefits Based on Pediatricians' Personal Experience With Breastfeeding

Personal Experience (n = 657)No Personal
Experience*
(n = 435)
Almost any mother can be successful at breastfeeding if she keeps trying**
 Agree7560
 Disagree1421
Breastfeeding and formula-feeding are equally acceptable methods for feeding infants**
 Agree4053
 Disagree4428
Formula-feeding is more reliable and easier for both the mother and the baby**
 Agree915
 Disagree7657
The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any difficulties/inconveniences mothers may encounter**
 Agree7462
 Disagree1219
In the long run, formula-fed babies are just as healthy as breastfed babies**
 Agree3139
 Disagree4332
  • * Data for respondents with no personal experience with breastfeeding include those who never had children and those whose children never breastfed. The data for both subgroups were similar and the results combined. Scale of responses 1 to 5 was used;Agree = 1 + 2, disagree = 4 + 5. Neutral responses are not presented.

  • ** P < .01.