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Unintentional pregnancy was associated with reduced intentions to breast feed

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Question Will women who have an unintentional (mistimed or unwanted) pregnancy be less likely to breast feed their children?


Cohort of women who had a live birth.


23 hospitals with maternity units in 15 counties in central New York State, USA.


All women who had a live birth from 1 January 1995 to 31 July 1996 (n=33 757) were eligible and 27 700 (82%) women provided data on breast feeding status and intentions of pregnancy.

Assessment of prognostic factors

Women were interviewed before discharge from hospital using the {New York State Perinatal Data Systems interview protocol}**. The pregnancies were reported to be planned (n=19 604) or unintentional (n=8096). Unintentional pregnancies …

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