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Type: Journal article
Title: Breast feeding self-efficacy and other determinants of the duration of breast feeding in a cohort of first-time mothers in Adelaide, Australia
Author: Baghurst, P.
Pincombe, J.
Peat, B.
Henderson, A.
Reddin, E.
Antoniou, G.
Citation: Midwifery, 2007; 23(4):382-391
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0266-6138
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Peter Baghurst, Jan Pincombe, Brian Peat, Ann Henderson, Edith Reddin and Georgia Antoniou
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>to assess the ability of a Breast-Feeding Self-Efficacy Scale (BSES) score measured at 1 week postpartum to predict the duration of breast-feeding in first-time mothers, and to develop a minimal set of potential confounders, including the BSES and demographic variables, for comparing the apparent effect of other influences on the duration of breast-feeding.<h4>Design</h4>a prospective cohort study, with primary outcome the duration of breast feeding up to 6 months postpartum.<h4>Participants</h4>317 women who had given birth to their first baby (at term) in a large teaching maternity hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, during the period March to November, 2003.<h4>Findings</h4>the BSES at 1 week postpartum was a strong predictor of the duration of breast-feeding in these first-time mothers. Its ability to predict the duration of breast-feeding was largely independent of the other factors (intended duration of breast-feeding, mother's level of education, country of birth, housing situation, smoking status and method of delivery), which were also found to be significant predictors of breast-feeding duration.<h4>Implications for practice</h4>the BSES (including a new short form version) has been confirmed by our study as an important instrument for identifying women at risk of early cessation of breast-feeding. Together with other demographic variables, it should be useful for targeting limited resources to those most in need.
Keywords: Humans; Postnatal Care; Cohort Studies; Prospective Studies; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Self Efficacy; Mothers; Nurse's Role; Nurse-Patient Relations; Breast Feeding; Adult; Infant, Newborn; Australia; Female
Description: Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020073839
DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2006.05.004
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