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Breast-feeding attitudes and practices among Vietnamese mothers in Ho Chi Minh City
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Midwifery, ISSN 0266-6138, E-ISSN 1532-3099, Vol. 28, no 2, 252-257 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: to describe breast-feeding attitudes and practices among Vietnamese women in Ho Chi Minh City.

Design: a descriptive qualitative study was used. The theory of planned behaviour provided the conceptual framework.

Setting: the Well-baby Clinic, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of a university hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Participants: 23 voluntary Vietnamese mothers.

Data collection and analysis: semi-structured in-depth interview with five open-ended questions and observation was used. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data from the interviews and observations were analysed by use of content analysis.

Findings: five categories of breast-feeding attitudes and practices were identified: breast-feeding best but not exclusive, cultural and traditional beliefs, infant feeding as a learning process, factors influencing decision to breast feed, and intention to feed the child.

Key conclusion and implications for practice: cultural and traditional beliefs and practices, and socio-economic situation, influenced the Vietnamese mothers' breast feeding. Health-care professionals should consider cultural context and socio-economic issues when preparing infant feeding education and intervention programmes. Appropriate knowledge about cultural values should be included in health-care education in order to provide culturally congruent care to Vietnamese mothers in Vietnam as well as in Western countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 28, no 2, 252-257 p.
Keyword [en]
Breast feeding, Vietnam, Attitudes, Practices
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163240DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.02.012ISI: 000301359000015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-163240DiVA: diva2:463382
Available from: 2011-12-09 Created: 2011-12-09 Last updated: 2012-04-23Bibliographically approved

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