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Table 2 Factor loadings and omega/alpha scores

From: Explaining variance in breastfeeding intentions and behaviors among a cohort of Midwest mothers using a theory of planned behavior-based structural model

Factor   Description of Item Standardized Factor Loading (ω, α)
Attitudes (Q) Response Options: Strongly Disagree (1) to Strongly Agree (7) (0.58, 0.68)
(1) BF protects baby from infection 0.14
(2) BF establishes close bond between mom and baby 0.18
(3) BF is embarrassing for mother 0.35
(4) BF is good for mother’s figure −0.02
(5) BF limits a mother’s social life 0.24
(6) BF provides best nourishment for baby 0.25
(7) BF protects against infection −0.76
(8) BF establishes close bond between mom and baby −0.73
(9) BF does not make me feel embarrassed −0.01
(10) BF is good for mother’s figure −0.72
(11) BF allows social activity −0.48
(12) BF provides complete nutrition 0.16
(13) FF is convenient feeding method 0.05
(14) FF makes it possible for baby’s father to be involved in feeding 0.16
(15) FF is expensive feeding method 0.27
(16) FF is trouble-free feeding method −0.05
(17) FF allows one to see exactly how much milk baby has had 0.22
(18) FF provides incomplete nourishment for baby 0.19
(19) FF is convenient −0.71
(20) FF allows for father’s involvement −0.72
(21) FF is expensive 0.12
(22) FF is trouble free −0.72
(23) FF allows one to see exactly how much milk baby has had −0.57
Norms (Q) Response Options: Definitely Not (1) to Definitely (7) (0.633, 0.72)
(1) BF Norms: baby’s father 0.42
(2) BF Norms: own mother 0.26
(3) BF Norms: closest female friend 0.42
(4) BF Norms: medical advisor 0.26
(5) FF Norms: baby’s father 0.83
(6) FF Norms: own mother 0.70
(7) FF Norms: closest female friend 0.73
(8) FF Norms: medical advisor 0.74
(Q) Response Options: Not at All Important (1) to Extremely Important (7)  
(9) Opinion of baby’s father 0.04
(10) Opinion of own mother 0.00
(11) Opinion of closest female friend 0.03
(12) Opinion of medical advisor −0.09
(Q) Response Options: No (0), Yes (1)  
(13) Previous breastfeeding experience 0.00
Perceived Behavioral Control (Q) Response Options: Strongly Disagree (1) to Strongly Agree (7) (0.34, 0.68)
(1) Perceived control over decision to breastfeed 0.33
(2) If I try my best I can breastfeed for 1 month 0.14
(3) If I try my best I can breastfeed for 3 months 0.87
(4) If I try my best I can breastfeed for 6 months 1.04
(5) Have tools/resources to breastfeed 0.64
(6) I have access to help in the event of breastfeeding problems 0.35
(7) Previous breastfeeding experience affected current decision to breastfeed −0.11
(8) Previous breastfeeding experience painful 0.02
(9) Previous breastfeeding experience time consuming −0.12
(10) Previous breastfeeding experience difficult 0.25
(11) Previous breast milk supply adequate to meet baby needs 0.11
Intentions (Q) Response Options: Strongly Disagree (1) to Strongly Agree (7) (0.92, 0.91)
(1) Intend to exclusively breastfeed 0.82
(2) Intend to exclusively breastfeed at 1 month 0.755
(3) Intend to exclusively breastfeed at 3 months 0.976
(4) Intend to exclusively breastfeed at 6 months 0.874
  1. Note: FF Formula Feeding, BF Breastfeeding