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J Pak Med Assoc. 2003 Jan;53(1):8-11.

Effects of maternal depression on breast-feeding.

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Department of Psychiatry, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To see the effects of maternal depression on breast feeding behavior.

DESIGN:

This is a cross-sectional study.

PLACE AND DURATION:

The study was carried out at the OPD of the Children's Hospital Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad from October to mid November 2001.

SUBJECT/METHODS:

One hundred mothers with children of breast feeding age from 2 months to 2 years were interviewed. These women were visiting the OPD of the Children's Hospital Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad for medical check up of their children. The interview included the administration of the Urdu version of Hospital Anxiety and depression Scale (HADS).

RESULTS:

Thirty eight percent of the women had stopped breast feeding and their mean score on HADS was 19.66. whereas 62% of the women were breast feeding their children with a mean score of 3.27 on HADS. Out of the non breast feeding mothers 36.8% reported that their depressive symptoms preceded cessation of breast feeding.

CONCLUSION:

Maternal depression effects the breast feeding behavior of the mother. It causes mothers to stop breast feeding their children.

PMID:
12666844
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