Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Intention

Overall 
By Maternal Age 
By Smoking Status 
By Parity

Breastfeeding is recommended by Health Canada as the sole feeding method for newborns until six months of age. Research has shown that a pregnant woman’s intention to breastfeed is an indication of the both breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Overall

According to the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) for 2014, 92.4% (91.6%, 93.1%) pregnant women indicated that they intended to breastfeed their child, while 7.6% (6.9%, 8.4%) indicated no intention of breastfeeding their newborn in Simcoe Muskoka. This is similar to what was reported for all of Ontario in those years, with 93.3% (93.2%, 93.5%) of pregnant women in Ontario reporting that they intend to breastfeed.

Of those who indicated that they would breastfeed in Simcoe Muskoka, 68.7% intended to breastfeed exclusively, 4.3% intended to combination feed (breast milk and formula), and 27.0% did not specify how they intended to feed their baby.  

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By Maternal Age

Breastfeeding intention varied slightly between mothers of different ages. Mothers aged 25-34 years reported more often that they intended to breastfeed their infant (93.7% (92.7%, 94.5%)) when compared with younger (15 – 24 years; 88.8% (86.4%, 90.8%)) and older new mothers (35-49 years; 91.0% (88.7%, 92.9%))

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By Parity

The intention to breastfeed decreases as the number of previous births increases. Ninety-five percent (95.3% (94.3%, 96.2%)) of nulliparous women (no previous births) intended to breastfeed their newborn. This is significantly higher than women who had given birth one or more times previously (1 previous birth: 90.9% (89.4%, 92.2%); 2 previous births: 89.6% (87.0%, 91.9%); 3 or more previous births: 86.9% (82.6%, 90.4%).

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By Smoking Status

Pregnant women who smoke are less likely to report an intention to breastfeed when compared to non-smoking pregnant women. Seventy-eight percent (77.9% (74.2%, 81.2%) of pregnant women who smoke intended to breastfeed their newborn, which is significantly lower when compared to 94.4% (93.6%, 94.4%) of non-smoking pregnant women. 

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