2008, Cilt 15, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 016-031
Beastfeeding Behaviour of Women During Postpartum First Six Months and Effect of Prenatal Breastfeeding Attitude on Postpartum Breastfeeding
Yrd. Doç. Dr. Zehra GÖLBAŞI1, Öğr.Gör.Dr. Gülten KOÇ2
1Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu Doğum ve Kadın Hastalıkları Hemşireliği AD, SİVAS
2Hacettepe Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi Hemşirelik Bölümü Doğum ve Kadın Hastalıkları Hemşireliği AD, ANKARA
Keywords: Postpartum period, prenatal period, breastfeeding, breastfeeding attitude, nursing

This descriptive study was carried out to determine the breastfeeding behaviours during the first six months and the effect of women's attitude towards breastfeeding on postpartum breastfeeding behaviour. The universe of study included pregnant women who attended to Hacettepe University, Gynecology and Obstetric Clinic between 1 December -31 December 2001. Pregnant women (203 pregnant women) were interviewed on prenatal period and the sample of study consisted of 90 women who could reached on postpartum period. Data were obtained by “Individual Information Form”, “Breastfeeding Attitude Scale” and “Postpartum Breastfeeding Behaviour Assesment Form”. Data were evaluated by frequency and t test in computer.

According to result of this study, the average of breastfeeding attitude point was 111.36 ±12.02 and according to this, 55,6% of women were below the average point and 44,4% of them were above the average point. During the interviews by phone on postpartum period, it was found 94.4 of women were breastfeeding, only 17,7% of women were not giving addition food, 34,3% of women who gives addition food had started it after forth month and 21,4% of women had started it after first month. It was determined that 50,6% of women expressed that they would continued to breastfeeding 12 month period. It was found that there was no important difference statistically between the women whose the points were below the average point and the women whose the points were above the average point related to first breastfeeding time after birth, only breastfeeding, the month where addition food is started and total breastfeeding duration.