The Differential Effects of Full-Time and Part-Time Work Status on Breastfeeding

Health Policy, 2010

Posted: 23 Jan 2016

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Bidisha Mandal

Washington State University - School of Economic Sciences

Brian E. Roe

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

Sara Fein

Independent

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Return to work is associated with diminished breastfeeding. Although more mothers breastfeed after returning to work compared to a decade ago, research has not documented the variations in breastfeeding initiation and duration based on full-time and part-time (less than 35 h/week) work status. In this study, we clarify these differences. Longitudinal data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, collected between 2005 and 2007, for over 1400 mothers are used. In analyzing initiation, mother’s work status was categorized by the expected number of hours she planned to work postpartum. In the duration model, work status was categorized based on the actual number of hours worked upon mother’s return to employment after controlling for baby’s age when she returned to work. Covariates in logistic and censored regressions included demographics, maternity leave, parity, past breastfeeding experience, hospital experience, and social support.

Suggested Citation

Mandal, Bidisha and Roe, Brian E. and Fein, Sara, The Differential Effects of Full-Time and Part-Time Work Status on Breastfeeding (2010). Health Policy, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2719783

Bidisha Mandal (Contact Author)

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Brian E. Roe

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Sara Fein

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