Choice To Breastfeed Or Bottle Feed Could Be Influenced By Mom's Personality Traits
Personality traits such as extraversion or being prone to anxiety may influence whether a new mom breastfeeds or chooses formula, a new study in the United Kingdom found.
Dr. Amy Brown, who studies early nutrition at Swansea University in Wales, surveyed 602 mothers of infants ages 6 to 12 months, to see if personality traits  were linked to breastfeeding rates. The women in the study ranged in age from 16 to 45 years old, and spanned a spectrum of income, education and professional achievement levels.
Brown found extraverted, conscientious and emotionally stable mothers were more likely to try breastfeeding. But being agreeable or open to new experiences made no difference, according to the findings published Tuesday (Aug. 6) in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.