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A population based study of exclusive breastfeeding in Icelandic women: is there a relationship with depressive symptoms and parenting stress?

Thome, Marga, Alder, Elizabeth M and Ramel, Alfons (2006) A population based study of exclusive breastfeeding in Icelandic women: is there a relationship with depressive symptoms and parenting stress? International Journal of Nursing Studies, 43 (1). pp. 11-20. ISSN 0020-7489

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This study investigated whether postpartum depressive symptoms and parenting stress are related to exclusive breastfeeding in mothers at 2–3 months postpartum. Data were collected from 734 Icelandic mothers postpartum. Parenting stress, depressive symptoms, feeding methods and demographical data were assessed by self-administered questionnaires. A high level of maternal education increased the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding whereas lower maternal education, high levels of depressive symptoms, twins and single motherhood reduced the likelihood of exclusive breastfeeding. It is concluded that depressive symptoms are related to lower levels of exclusive breastfeeding and that exclusive breastfeeding becomes more likely with higher level of maternal education.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0020-7489
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postpartum depression; Postnatal depression; Exclusive breastfeeding; Iceland; Parenting stress
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 618 Gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics & geriatrics
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Item ID: 1601
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2008 15:51
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 14:03
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1601

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