Iam a third year psychology student and Iam researching on some of the factors that influence breastfeeding mothers to stop earlier than they had planned! This study is intended for mothers with babies up to 18 months!
Please would you like to take part in my study? it should only take you 10-15 mins!
Have done although some of the responses felt odd for the questions. Also the last question had no option for people who were still exclusively bf. I would have liked to add why I stopped exclusively (work) as still bf when with my daughter but according to survey looks like I stopped already!
I have filled it in but I agree with pp you should have included an option for mothers to describe why they stopped exclusively breastfeeding, there can be so many reasons, medical, personal etc any links you find from the answers won't be valid without considering all the facts.
Hello mums Thank you so much for your interest in the study! I apologise for the confusion in some of the questionnaire and will try to address them ASAP! However, as mentioned in the information sheet, I am only researching on SOME of the factors that discourage mothers from Breastfeeding since you know they could be so many. The ones that I am interested in are those addressed by the questionnaires. Once again I do apologise but thank you so much for showing an interest!
Hated the last question - my DC was on breast milk only until over a year.
You needed to define more closely exactly what you meant - still breastfed (eating other foods regularly/sometimes/never) or combination with other milks.
As you can tell, not everyone will use the same definitions, rendering that question utterly useless as it stands.
In your shoes, I would seriously consider recalling the survey and including exactly which definitions you are using, or adding a box asking user to define (in their own words or from a reasonable comprehensive drop down)
I stopped exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months when I started giving food to my baby but I'm still breastfeeding (and not giving formula). She sometimes has milk to drink from a cup as well (she's over a year) so not exclusive at all, but still 6 times a day I guess.
I agree with PP you should recall this survey and give clear definitions otherwise people's answers will be meaningless. In other questions the choice of responses didn't match the question. Your last question particularly was tricky to answer - I am still breastfeeding my 12 month old twins and they don't have formula but have been eating solids since they turned 6 months. There is no option for people continuing to breastfeed!
Started the questionnaire- I have given up. Baby is almost 18 months and it is worded as though I haven't had her yet in the first part then feels like an early days questionnaire.
I feel like you have decided the answers that you want (lack of social support, lack of NHS support and poverty?) leading to giving up and have worded it to get the answers you want. It is very clumsy. I would start again.
Don't assume 18 months is the maximum people will breast feed.