Intention to breastfeed of pregnant women attending the public health service of Santa Maria - Rio Grande do Sul

Bruna Pivetta Prevedello, Renata Saraiva Guedes, Patrícia Pasquali Dotto, Bianca Zimmermann dos Santos


It aimed to analyze the maternal intention to breastfeed (MIB) of pregnant women and associated factors. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 94 pregnant women attending the public health service of a municipality in the South of Brazil. Information about the MIB, biological, socioeconomic, behavioral aspects related to medical history and social support were collected through semi-structured interviews. A Logistic Regression Analysis was performed to evaluate the associations. The mean gestation time was 16.92 weeks (dp:11,35), 93 pregnant women presented MIB, 89 were intended to achieve exclusive breastfeeding and 62 (70,45%) intended to do it for 6 months. There was no association between MIB exclusively for six months and the independent variables studied. Most of the women had MIB, but 15 intended to breastfeed for more than 6 months. Health professionals should act as influencers of the MIB, helping in this decision so important for the health of the mother-baby binomial.


Breast feeding; Breast feeding; Pregnant women; Pregnancy; Intention.


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