Exploring the influence of psychological factors on breastfeeding duration, phase 1: perceptions of mothers and clinicians

O'Brien, Maxine and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Fallon, Tony and Hegney, Desley (2009) Exploring the influence of psychological factors on breastfeeding duration, phase 1: perceptions of mothers and clinicians. Journal of Human Lactation, 25 (1). pp. 55-63. ISSN 0890-3344


Breastfeeding duration rates in Australia are low, prompting a search for modifiable factors capable of increasing the duration of breastfeeding. In this study, participants were asked which psychological factors they believed influence breastfeeding duration. Participants included 3 groups of mothers who had breastfed for varied lengths of time (n = 17), and 1 group of breastfeeding clinicians (n = 4). The nominal group technique was employed, involving a structured group meeting progressing through several steps. Analyses included collation of individual and group responses, group comparisons, and a thematic analysis of group discussions. Forty-five psychological factors thought to influence the duration of breastfeeding were identified. Factors considered most important included the mother's priorities and mothering self-efficacy, faith in breast milk, adaptability, stress, and breastfeeding self-efficacy. In addition to informing the design of phase 2 of this study, these results add to our knowledge of this emerging research area.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2011 10:52
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014 02:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding; breastfeeding duration; mental health; psychological factors; transition to motherhood
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Women's Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0890334408326071
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20430

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