An evaluation of breastfeeding promotion literature: does it really promote breastfeeding?

Can J Public Health. 1993 Jan-Feb;84(1):24-7.


Breastfeeding pamphlets are being produced for new mothers by both commercial and nonprofit sources in increasing quantities. A regional lactation committee decided to evaluate these materials on the basis of accuracy, degree of positive approach to breastfeeding, readability and compliance with the WHO/UNICEF Code on the Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. Results indicate that materials produced by non-profit sources scored higher in positive approach accuracy and WHO Code compliance compared with commercial sources. Only 2 of 22 pamphlets in the sample were written within the recommended reading level of Grade 5-8. None of the materials met all of the criteria for good promotional breastfeeding literature.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Canada
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Guidelines as Topic / standards
  • Health Education / standards*
  • Health Promotion / standards*
  • Humans
  • Pamphlets*
  • Reading
  • Teaching Materials / standards*
  • World Health Organization