einstein (São Paulo). 01/Jun/2013;11(2):180-5.

Correlation between breastfeeding and maternal health status

Carlos Zubaran, Katia Foresti

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082013000200008

Objective:
To examine the relation between breastfeeding efficacy and health status in a sample of 88 mothers from Southern Brazil.
METHODS:
Research participants completed the Portuguese version of the General Health Questionnaire and the Personal Health Scale. Breastfeeding efficacy was evaluated using the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale. Correlations between breastfeeding and health status scores were examined using Pearson’s correlation coefficient.
RESULTS:
The results of this study revealed significant correlations between the scores of the two general health and well-being questionnaires and the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale. Bivariate regression analyses revealed that both health status instruments significantly predicted Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale scores.
CONCLUSION:
Breastfeeding efficacy is significantly related to maternal health status in Southern Brazil.

Correlation between breastfeeding and maternal health status

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