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Prospective questionnaire study showed that higher self-efficacy predicted longer exclusive breastfeeding by the mothers of late preterm infants
Uppsala University.
Uppsala University.
Uppsala University.
Uppsala University.
2018 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 107, no 5, p. 799-805Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: An important variable that influences breastfeeding outcomes is how confident a woman feels about her ability to breastfeed successfully at an early stage. We investigated breastfeeding self-efficacy in the mothers of late preterm infants.

Methods: This was a prospective, comparative study that focused on mothers who had delivered babies at 34 + 0 to 36 + 6 weeks and were recruited in 2012–2015 from a neonatal intensive care unit and a postnatal ward at a Swedish university hospital. The Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (BSES-SF) was used to psychometrically assess the mothers at 40 weeks of postmenstrual age (n = 148) and at three months of corrected age (n = 114).

Results: The BSES-SF scores were higher in the 87% of mothers that exclusively breastfed when their babies reached 40 weeks (57.1 out of 70) than those who did not (41.4, p < 0.001), indicating better self-efficacy. The figures remained higher in the 68% of exclusive breastfeeding mothers at three months of corrected age (60.9 versus 51.7).

Conclusion: Self-efficacy was an important predictor of the length of breastfeeding in mothers of late preterm infants, and the BSES-SF can be used to detect low self-efficacy that could lead to early breastfeeding cessation.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 107, no 5, p. 799-805
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35235DOI: 10.1111/apa.14229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35235DiVA, id: diva2:1271116
Available from: 2018-12-16 Created: 2018-12-16 Last updated: 2018-12-17Bibliographically approved

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