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The prevalence, perceptions and behaviors associated with traditional/complementary medicine use by breastfeeding women living in Macau: A cross-sectional survey study
Zheng,Tingyun1; Chen,Weijie1; Hu,Hao1; Wang,Yitao1; Harnett,Joanna E.2; Lam Ung,Carolina Oi1,2
2020-04-21
Source PublicationBMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
Volume20Issue:1
Abstract

Background: There is a long history of traditional/complementary medicine (T/CM) use by women during lactation. While it is important to evaluate such use within a scientific paradigm to ensure efficacy and safety, knowledge about the prevalence and characteristics of T/CM use during lactation is limited. This study aimed to generate preliminary data on the prevalence, perceptions and behaviors related to T/CM use by women living in Macau during lactation. Methods: Between April to June 2018, women aged 18 years or above who had breastfed within the previous 12 months were invited to complete a questionnaire which asked about their perceptions and behaviors related to the use of T/CM while breastfeeding. Chi-square analysis and logistic regressions were used to conduct data analysis. Results: A total of 500 women completed the survey with 62.6% (95% CI 58.37-66.83) reporting use of at least 1 T/ CM while breastfeeding. Of these 48.9% (95% CI 44.67 to 53.13) believed T/CM were safe to take during lactation and 55.6% (95% CI 51.37 to 59.83) suggested there were inadequate resources to assist making an informed decision. Working status, monthly family income and the presence of a breastfeeding-related health problems were associated with T/CM use (all p< 0.05). The most commonly used T/CM were Tetrapanax papyriferus, lecithin, Vaccaria segetalis, docosahexaenoic acid and Trigonella foenum-graecum commonly referred to as Fenugreek. The most common reasons for using T/CM were ‘to unblock milk ducts’, ‘to increase milk supply’ and ‘to improve baby development’. Women were recommended to use T/CM from multiple sources; 15.0% from health personnel (HP) only, 40.0% received recommendations from non-HP only; and 42.2% from both.Conclusions: The use of T/CM by women during lactation is common in Macau. The current support and resources available to women during the breastfeeding period to make informed decisions about T/CM use is not standardized nor integrated. The gaps identified in this study provide an opportunity to develop resources and a more defined role for HPs to ensure the appropriate and safe use of T/CM in this population.

KeywordBreast Feeding Complementary Medicine Health Personnel Lactation Macau Survey Traditional Medicine
DOI10.1186/s12906-020-02921-8
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WOS Research AreaIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS SubjectIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS IDWOS:000550304600003
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Corresponding AuthorHarnett,Joanna E.
Affiliation1.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine,Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences,University of Macau,Macao
2.The University of Sydney School of Pharmacy,The Faculty of Medicine and Health,The University of Sydney,Sydney,Australia
First Author AffilicationInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
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Zheng,Tingyun,Chen,Weijie,Hu,Hao,et al. The prevalence, perceptions and behaviors associated with traditional/complementary medicine use by breastfeeding women living in Macau: A cross-sectional survey study[J]. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies,2020,20(1).
APA Zheng,Tingyun,Chen,Weijie,Hu,Hao,Wang,Yitao,Harnett,Joanna E.,&Lam Ung,Carolina Oi.(2020).The prevalence, perceptions and behaviors associated with traditional/complementary medicine use by breastfeeding women living in Macau: A cross-sectional survey study.BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies,20(1).
MLA Zheng,Tingyun,et al."The prevalence, perceptions and behaviors associated with traditional/complementary medicine use by breastfeeding women living in Macau: A cross-sectional survey study".BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 20.1(2020).
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