BC Value Statement

The question regarding the perceived value of a breastfeeding coalition for this region of Florida elicited a wider range of responses than questions regarding the value of breastfeeding itself. Part of this may be explained by a potential lack of understanding of the purpose and role of a breastfeeding coalition. The respondents were not given much information about the purpose and role of a breastfeeding coalition in the introductory letter. Any information they derived from the survey questions may not have provided enough information to make a good choice. Of course, a breastfeeding coalition may be beneficial to enhancing breastfeeding, but it will require effort to make it a success.

The second question concerned personal participation in a breastfeeding coalition. As would be expected, there was considerable diversity in these responses. Given the busyness of the lives of most people today, making a commitment to another activity is often difficult.

Value Statements Strongly
Agree Unsure Disagree Strongly
I consider a breastfeeding coalition for this area to be a very valuable resource. 82
I would be likely to participate in a breastfeeding coalition for this area. 34

For the first question, all disagreement and strong disagreement was indicated by perinatal nurses.

For question #1, strong disagreement was indicated by perinatal nurses; disagreement was indicated by 1 obstetrician, 1 peidatrician and 2 perinatal nurses. Ambivalence was primarily voiced by the physician groups: FP doctors – 44.4%, obstetricians – 54.5%, and pediatricians – 45.5%, along with some perinatal nurses – 20%.

For question #2, strong disagreement and disagreement were indicated by approximately one-third of FP doctors – 3 (33.3%), obstetricians – 3 (27.3%), and perinatal nurses – 37 (32.7%). Five pediatricians (22.7%) also disagreed or strongly disagreed with personal participation. Ambivalence was the most prevalently chosen answer by most groups: 3 FP doctors (33.3%), 8 obstetricians (72.7%), 10 pediatricians (45.5%), as well as 35 perinatal nurses (31.8%). Agreement or strong agreement was indicated by at least 30% of FP doctors – 3 (33.3%), pediatricians – 7 (31.8%), lactation consultants – 12 (85.7%), community lactation support providers – 8 (100%), and perinatal nurses – 39 (35.5%).

A further graphical representation of these results is shown here:

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Also you may go to the Zoomerang results webpage for more charts and graphs of the results. Zoomerang Website