Determining the breastfeeding attitudes and breastfeeding success of mothers whose babies are in newborn care unit

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik, Turkey

Approval Date: 2019

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Nurcan Özyazıcıoğlu


The research was conducted as a descriptive study with the aim of establishing the factors affecting attitudes and success concerning breastfeeding of mothers in the mother-baby adaptation room in the neonatal intensive care unit. The population of the study consisted of the mothers of babies admitted to the child and neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital of the Health Research and Training Center of Bursa Uludağ University between December 2016 and August 2017. The research sample was made up of the 75 mothers who fitted the sample selection criteria. Research data was collected using a Description Information Form, a Breastfeeding Attitudes Assessment Scale and the LATCH Breastfeeding Diagnosis Measurement Instrument. The Shapiro-Wilk, Kruskal Wallis and Mann Whitney U tests, t-test and the Bonferroni test were used in statistical analysis in the study. The mean age of the mothers included in the study was found to be 30.65±5.70 years; 36% were high school graduates; 81.4% were housewives; 80% had an income equal to expenditure; 52% lived in the province, and 93.3% had a nuclear-type family. Significant differences were found between their scores on the Breastfeeding Attitude Assessment Scale and their number of health checks in their current pregnancy, their age, their education level, their profession, their income, and what they would need most from their husband during breastfeeding. Significant differences were found between the LATCH Breastfeeding Diagnosis Measurement Instrument scores and the baby's birth week, the baby's birth weight, the number of surviving children, the number of pregnancies up to the present, profession, the reason why the baby was in hospital, what they would need most from their husband during breastfeeding, the people from whom they would receive support in breastfeeding after discharge from hospital, and their own assessment of their success at breastfeeding. This research showed how the mothers' socio-demographic and obstetric characteristics and their characteristics in relation to breastfeeding affected their attitudes and success regarding breastfeeding. Breastfeeding rates may be increased by encouraging mothers more to breastfeed and by supporting them.