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dc.contributor.authorLi, Jianghong
dc.contributor.authorKendall, Garth
dc.contributor.authorHenderson, Saraswathy
dc.contributor.authorDownie, Jill
dc.contributor.authorLandsborough, L.
dc.contributor.authorOddy, Wendy
dc.identifier.citationLi, Jianghong and Kendall, Garth and Henderson, Saraswathy and Downie, Jill and Landsborough, Linda and Oddy, Wendy. 2008. Maternal psychosocial well-being in pregnancy and breastfeeding duration. Acta Paediatrica 97: pp. 221-225.

Aim: An incrased duration of breastfeeding has many advantages for the child and mother. However little research to date has investigated the influence of maternal psychosocial well-being during pregnancy on the duration of breastfeeding. This study aimed to examine whether experience of life stress events, social contacts/support in pregnancy and postpartum emotional disturbance had an effect on breastfeeding duration. Methods: Using data from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study for 2420 women follwed from 18 weeks gestation we analysed prevalent breastfeeding for 4 months or longer and its association with maternal pyschosocial and socio-demographic factors in pregnancy, using multivariable logistic regressions. Results: Experience of stressful life events during pregnancy increased the odds for the early cessation of prevalent breastfeeding (OR 1.34, p < 0.05, 95% Cl 1.04-1.71) independent of maternal socio-demographic characteristics and biomedical factors. Stress events associated with separation or divorce, financial problems and residential moves in pregnancy were important predictors for a shorter duration of prevalent breastfeeding. Conclusion: Experience of stressful life events during pregnancy increased the odds for the early cessaton of prevalent breastfeeding. Interventions that move beyond hospital-based antenatal care to address the causes of maternal stress in pregancy and socioeconomic disparities between women are required to increase breastfeeding duration.

dc.subjectBreastfeeding duration
dc.subjectStressful life events in - pregnancy
dc.subjectPostnatal emotional - disturbances
dc.subject- Socio-demographic factors
dc.subjectSocial contact and support
dc.titleMaternal psychosocial well-being in pregnancy and breastfeeding duration
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleActa Paediatrica

Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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