A longitudinal study of the effect of psychosocial factors on exclusive breastfeeding duration

de Jager, Emily, Broadbent, Jaclyn, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Nagle, Cate, McPhie, Skye and Skouteris, Helen 2015, A longitudinal study of the effect of psychosocial factors on exclusive breastfeeding duration, Midwifery, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 103-111, doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2014.06.009.

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Title A longitudinal study of the effect of psychosocial factors on exclusive breastfeeding duration
Author(s) de Jager, Emily
Broadbent, JaclynORCID iD for Broadbent, Jaclyn orcid.org/0000-0003-4045-2039
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Nagle, CateORCID iD for Nagle, Cate orcid.org/0000-0002-5661-6379
McPhie, Skye
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Midwifery
Volume number 31
Issue number 1
Start page 103
End page 111
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-01
ISSN 0266-6138
Keyword(s) exclusive breastfeeding
breastfeeding duration
psychosocial factors
Summary Objective
to examine the effect of psychosocial factors on exclusive breastfeeding duration to six months postpartum

longitudinal, prospective questionnaire based study.

participants were recruited from a publically funded antenatal clinic located in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and asked to complete questionnaires at three time points; 32 weeks pregnancy, two months postpartum and six months postpartum.

the participants were 125 pregnant women aged 22–44 years.

Measurements and findings
psychosocial variables such as breastfeeding self-efficacy, body attitude, psychological adjustment, attitude towards pregnancy, intention, confidence and motivation to exclusively breastfeed and importance of exclusive breastfeeding were assessed using a range of psychometrically validated tools. Exclusive breastfeeding behaviour up to six months postpartum was also measured. At 32 weeks gestation a woman׳s confidence to achieve exclusive breastfeeding was a direct predictor of exclusive breastfeeding duration to six months postpartum. At two months postpartum, psychological adjustment and breastfeeding self-efficacy were predictive of exclusive breastfeeding duration. Finally, at six months postpartum, psychological adjustment, breastfeeding self-efficacy, confidence to maintain and feeling fat were directly predictive of exclusive breastfeeding duration.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.midw.2014.06.009
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065482

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