Psychosocial aspects of breastfeeding initiation in perinatal care

Lea Takács, Eliška Kodyšová, Kateřina Kejřová, Martina Bartošová

Abstract

This study identifies major psychosocial determinants of perinatal care that can foster or inhibit successful breastfeeding initiation. Using statistical data analysis of a questionnaire survey with 199 primiparae and content analysis of semi-structured interviews with 18 primiparae and multiparae, it was found that the quality of breastfeeding is determined mainly by the postnatal ward atmosphere as perceived by the woman, the hospital staff attitude (ability to empathize, psychological support, and communication quality) and active offering of help by the staff. The breastfeeding support provided to women in perinatal healthcare should therefore focus both on compliance with the 10 steps for successful breastfeeding (on the basis of which the hospitals are certified as Baby Friendly Hospitals) as well as on meeting the psychological needs of women in the postnatal period.

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Keywords

perinatal psychology, healthcare communication, healthcare satisfaction, breastfeeding

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