Table 1

Characteristics of nulliparous women recruited in late pregnancy

Maternal characteristics (n=346)n (%)
Hospital
 Royal Women's Hospital (public)154 (44.5)
 Frances Perry House (private)192 (55.5)
Age (years—mean (SD) and range)32.7 (4.1, 19–44)
Marital status
 Married229 (66)
 Unmarried, living with partner103 (30)
 Not living with partner2 (1)
 Separated/divorced1 (0)
 Single11 (3)
Education level
 Tertiary degree or higher267 (77)
 Other79 (23)
Gestation at recruitment (weeks—mean (SD) and range)37 (1.3, 34–42)
Gestation at birth (weeks—mean (SD) and range)39 (1.2, 36–42)
Breastfeeding intention (months—mean and range)9.7 (1–24)
Caesarean birth156 (45)
Baby sex—male168 (49)
Any breast milk feeding at 8 weeks postpartum (n=340)320 (94)