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Latino Daily News

Sunday February 6, 2011

Latina Moms and Moms-To-Be Insights Revealed on childbirth, pacifiers and more

Todobebe, Inc., the global family media company, revealed key findings about Latina women and mothers, after analyzing data from polls conducted during 2010 among visitors to its site www.todobebe.com.

They found that 77% of Latinas prefer vaginal birth, and only 18% c-sections. Also, 62%, prefer having children before they’re 30 years old. Regarding their partner’s participation in childbirth, 67% of respondents said their baby’s father was in the delivery room or was planning to be there.

Folic acid usage, proven to reduce neural tube defects, is on the rise. 64% said to have taken it before getting pregnant, 30% did not and only 4% said they did not know what Folic acid is.

“Where Hispanic women seem to be split is regarding pacifier use,” said Todobebe co-founder and Chief Content Editor, Jeannette Kaplun. “45% said they planned on offering their baby a pacifier, but 44% said they were against using it.”

Another hot topic was weaning baby from the bottle. 50% stated babies should stop using the bottle once they’re a year old, while 40% said they had no issues with their babies continuing to use it after their first birthday.

When asked when is the best age to wean baby from the bottle, 51% said 1 year of age, 34% after 2 years and 14%, after 3 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends weaning baby from the bottle after the first birthday.

Todobebe also asked women whether they let their children share their bed. 48% said they let their kids sleep with them; 26% only allows them if they’re sick or have nightmares. Only 24% of respondents said they don’t allow their children in their beds.