The Effect of Maternal Adaptation on Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy

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Gümüşsoy S. , Ünsal Atan Ş.

Worldwide Medicine, ss.1, 2019 (Diğer Kurumların Hakemli Dergileri)

  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5455/ww.53150
  • Dergi Adı: Worldwide Medicine
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1



Background: The present study aimed to explore the relationship between maternal adaptation and breastfeeding selfefficacy, and examine factors associated with breastfeeding self-efficacy mothers after childbirth.

Methods: The study data were collected using the Self-Description Form for Mothers, Postpartum Self-Evaluation Questionnaire(PPSEQ), Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale Short-Form(BSES-SF), and Breastfeeding and Breast Problems Evaluation Form.

Results: The present study found that 58.2% and 37.7% of the mothers had Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale ShortForm mean scores below 50 at postpartum weeks first and eighth, respectively. The mothers’ postpartum breastfeeding self-efficacy scale and postpartum self-evaluation scale scores, a statistically significant negative moderate relationship was observed during the first and eighth postpartum weeks. The following parameters were found to linearly increase the breastfeeding self-efficacy scores at postpartum first week: mothers’ planned period of breastfeeding on postpartum first week, method of baby feeding, satisfaction with one’s breastfeeding performance, breastfeeding and formulafeeding at sixth month, and the PPSEQ mean score.

Conclusion: Health care professionals and mothers should be aware of all of the factors influencing their perception of self-efficacy and respond accordingly.

Keywords: Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy, Baby Feeding, Postpartum Adaptation