African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 2022-2031
Bioline Code: hs20166
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2020, pp. 2022-2031
© Copyright 2020 - Breastfeeding success; self-efficacy; maternal obesity.
Comparison of breastfeeding self-efficacy and breastfeeding success of obese and normal-weight mothers in the early period|
Ceylan, Sinem & Şahin, Sevil
Background: Body mass index (BMI) of overweight and obese women is a risk factor for breast milk secretion.
Aim: This study was conducted in a descriptive and comparative way in order to identify the relation between the breastfeeding
success and self-efficacy of obese and non-obese mothers during postnatal period and to make a comparison between
the obese and non-obese group.
Methods: The study sample consisted of 113 obese and 111 non-obese mothers that met the study criteria who were hospitalized
at the postnatal service of Health Education and Research Hospital in Ankara, September 2014-February 2015.
Result: The mean BMI of obese women prior to the pregnancy was 31.41±2.4 while it was 22.25±2.8 for the non-obese
women. As the BSS scores increase among both the obese and non-obese mothers, the LATCH breastfeeding success score
averages increase as well (p<0.05, r:0.613).
Conclusion: In the light of the data of, to increase the breastfeeding success among obese mothers, it is suggested that the
perception of self-efficacy is enhanced, and additional consultation is provided on breastfeeding starting from the antenatal
period. The trainings given to mothers by the midwife and nurse are supported with home visits especially in the obese
women in the postnatal period in order for them to breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding success; self-efficacy; maternal obesity.