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Sechrist, Karen R.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Nursing


Breast feeding


This study examined some factors that relate to maternal perception of success at breastfeeding. A sample of 91 primipara answered a questionnaire on breastfeeding. Maternal breastfeeding support scores were developed and it was found that support of both the husband/baby's father and the baby's doctor were related to perceived success at breastfeeding. Almost all women in this sample had previous exposure to other breastfeeding women and to written materials on breastfeeding. Most women experienced breastfeeding problems but these were not found to be related to breastfeeding success. The hospital nurse was the most frequent contact for the breastfeeding woman who experienced problems. No relationship was found between the timing of the decision to breastfeed or the type of birth and subsequent success. A correlation between length of time the mother originally intended to breastfeed and the actual duration of breastfeeding was not found. Length of breastfeeding was found, however, to be related to perception of breastfeeding success. A significant relationship was also found between perceived success and plans to breastfeed in the future. A low positive correlation was found between time of introduction of foods/juices and duration of breastfeeding.


Bibliography: pages [73]-80.


vi, 87 pages




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