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2016 Attitudes Towards Mothers Breastfeeding in Restaurants and Shopping Malls Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

The purpose of this health indicator report is to provide information on the acceptance of breastfeeding in restaurants and shopping malls among adults aged 18 and over living in Halton Region.

Background

Breastfeeding is the recommended method of feeding for infants. Health Canada guidelines promote breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months after birth, and sustained for up to two years or longer in conjunction with appropriate complementary feeding. This optimizes the nutrition, growth and development of infants and toddlers. In 2014, 97% of mothers in Halton Region reported initiating breastfeeding. For more information about breastfeeding in Halton see the Infant Feeding in Halton Report.

This health indicator report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS).

Key Findings

Acceptance of Breastfeeding in Restaurants

Overall Findings

In 2016, 80% of Halton adults reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant.

Sex

In 2016, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant.

Age

In 2016, Halton adults aged 65+ were less likely than all other age groups to report that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant. These differences were all statistically significant.

Municipality

In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant.

Income

In 2016, the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant increased as income increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing adults in the lowest and middle income groups to adults in the highest income group.

Education

In 2016, the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a restaurant was higher among those who were post-secondary graduates compared to those who were not post-secondary graduates. This difference was statistically significant.

Acceptance of Breastfeeding in Shopping Malls

Overall Findings

In 2016, 81% of Halton adults reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall.

Sex

In 2016, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall.

Age

In 2016, the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall decreased as age increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing all age groups to adults aged 65+ and when comparing adults aged 25-44 to adults aged 45-64.

Municipality

In 2016, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall.

Income

In 2016, the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall increased as income increased. This difference was statistically significant when comparing adults in the lowest and middle income groups to adults in the highest income group.

Education

In 2016, the percentage of Halton adults who reported that it was acceptable for a mother to breastfeed her baby while in a shopping mall was higher among those who were post-secondary graduates compared to those who were not post-secondary graduates. This difference was statistically significant.