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Interaction of Factors Related to Lactation Duration

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Perceived social support and interpersonal dependency were studied as potential factors associated with lactation duration based upon previous breastfeeding experience. Inexperienced breastfeeding mothers perceived more social support than experienced breastfeeding mothers did. Perceived social support was not significantly correlated with lactation duration. An ancillary finding was that women providing a combination of breast milk and human milk substitutes had significantly lower social self-confidence than did mothers providing breast milk exclusively.
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Keywords: interpersonal dependency; perceived social support; social self-confidence

Document Type: Standard Article

Affiliations: 1: JOAN BOETTCHER is a Registered Dietitian at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; 2: JO CAROL CHEZEM is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; 3: JUDITH ROEPKE is the Dean of the School of Continuing Education and Public Service, as well as a Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; 4: TRACY WHITAKER is a Registered Dietitian and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Dietetics in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Publication date: 1999-04-01

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