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Those with higher educational attainment resort more to formula feeding and mixed feeding than those with lower educational attainment.Health care professionals influence mothers the most when it comes to infant feeding decisions.
While majority of the mothers in this study showed a positive attitude towards breastfeeding, most of them decided only to formula feed due to the reasons of insufficient milk supply and work.
Based on the results of the study, the educational attainment, work status, marital status, and seminars in the barangay the respondents are part of, about breastfeeding, are the significant factors that affect the infant feeding decision of mothers in Las Piñas City.
The discipline investigates the “why” and “how” of decision making.
Besides this, the researcher will also examine the phenomenon through observations in numerical representations and through statistical analysis.
Most of the mothers are housewives and the others remaining have full-time jobs, part-time jobs and self-employed. While majority of them were married, a lot were still in a status of live-in and are single.
More than half of the mothers did not have previous children before the current one.Methodology Type of Research The type of research that will be used in this study is qualitative research and quantitative research.Qualitative researchers aim to gather an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior.Majority of the respondents also have an annual gross household income that does not exceed P50,000.Among the several information sources namely, media through televisions/radios and printed/published materials, the social support system comprised of the mother’s family, friends and other relatives and health institutions, the mothers who give their babies infant formula are influenced the most by health care institutions through health professionals and other health care personnel.The researcher chose Las Piñas City because of the socio-economic conditions present in the area that is relevant to the study and also as it fits the time frame and resources of the researcher.The randomly sampled respondents will be asked by the researcher for consent and approval to answer the questionnaire until the desired number of respondents which is 100 is reached.Introduction The melamine controversy that erupted during the last quarter of year 2008 brought people’s attention back to the debates between breastfeeding and the use of breast milk substitutes like commercial infant formula.This wasn’t the first time that infant formula had caused illnesses and even deaths to infants worldwide - hence the continuous campaign of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF along with other breastfeeding advocates, for mothers to breastfeed their children at least until 6 months of age.The opinion of experts will also be sought in this research to provide explanations regarding the respondents‟ infant feeding behaviors and practices.Questionnaire The questionnaire requires information about the socio-economic and demographic background of the mother.