Influence of intention and self-efficacy levels on duration of breastfeeding for midwest rural mothers

Susan L Wilhelm, T. Kim Rodehorst, Mary Beth Flanders Stepans, Melody Hertzog, Cathy Berens

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Abstract

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of two modifiable factors (intention to breastfeed for 6 months and breastfeeding self-efficacy) with the duration of breastfeeding in primiparous women. Findings: Analyzed by logistic regression in a single prediction model, stronger intention (odds ratio = 1.89) and higher levels of self-efficacy at 2 weeks postpartum (odds ratio = 1.04) were significantly (p < .05) associated with an increased probability of breastfeeding for 6 months. Conclusions: The combined influence of higher intention and self-efficacy increased the likelihood of breastfeeding for the recommended 6 months. Interventions to reinforce both should be designed and evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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