Maternal psychosocial well-being in pregnancy and breastfeeding duration

Jianghong Li, G.E. Kendall, S. Henderson, J. Downie, L. Landsborough, Wendy Oddy

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Aim: An increased duration of breastfeeding has many advantages for the child and mother.However, little research to date has investigated the influence of maternal psychosocial well-beingduring pregnancy on the duration of breastfeeding. This study aimed to examine whether experienceof life stress events, social contact/support in pregnancy and postpartum emotional disturbance hadan effect on breastfeeding duration.Methods: Using data from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study for 2420 women followedfrom 18 weeks gestation, we analyzed prevalent breastfeeding for 4 months or longer and itsassociation with maternal psychosocial and socio-demographic factors in pregnancy, usingmultivariable logistic regressions.Results: Experience of stressful life events during pregnancy increased the odds for the earlycessation of prevalent breastfeeding (OR 1.34, p <0.05, 95% CI 1.04–1.71) independent ofmaternal socio-demographic characteristics and biomedical factors. Stress events associated withseparation or divorce, financial problems and residential moves in pregnancy were importantpredictors for a shorter duration of prevalent breastfeeding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
JournalActa Paediatrica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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