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Table 5 Sources of recommendation, supply and information

From: The use of herbal medicines during breastfeeding: a population-based survey in Western Australia

Survey questions n (% of users/respondents)*
Who has recommended the use of herbal medicines? (n = 182 number of users)  
Family members 112 (61.5)
Naturopaths, herbal or health food stores 86 (47.3)
Friends 57 (31.3)
Self (including self-reading of magazine, internet) 56 (30.8)
Health professionals (including clinic/child health nurses, midwives, lactation consultants) 26 (14.3)
Pharmacists and pharmacy staff 24 (13.2)
Prescribers and specialists (including doctors/general practitioners, gynaecologists, obstetricians) 4 (2.2)
Sources of supply: Where have they obtained or purchased their herbal medicines? (n = 182 number of users)  
Community pharmacies 105 (57.7)
Herbal or health food stores 88 (48.4)
Supermarkets 73 (40.1)
Naturopathic clinics 27 (14.8)
Family or friends 26 (14.3)
Internet 4 (2.2)
Sources of information: Where to seek information concerning use of herbal medicines during breastfeeding? (N = 303)  
Pharmacists 154 (50.8)
Doctors 146 (48.2)
Family or friends 139 (45.9)
Internet 133 (43.9)
Lactation consultants 89 (29.4)
Naturopaths or homeopathic practitioners 87 (28.7)
Child health nurses 83 (27.4)
Herbal or health food stores 71 (23.4)
Books, literature or journal articles 59 (19.5)
Others 11 (3.6)
  1. *Does not total 100% as more than one response had been indicated by some participants.