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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2008;14(1):20-27.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2008.14.1.20   
A Study on the Relationship between Breastfeeding Empowerment and Self-confidence in the Maternal Role of Breastfeeding Mothers
In Soo Kwon, So Young Choi, Young Sil Kang, Young Ok Yang
College of Nursing, Institute of Health Science, Gyeong-Sang National University, Chinju, Korea. csy4214@hanmail.net
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between breastfeeding empowerment and self-confidence in the maternal role of breastfeeding mothers. METHOD: Breastfeeding empowerment was measured on a scale of 5 developed by Kim & Park(2004), while self-confidence was measured on a scale of 4 by Lederman et al.(1981). Data was collected during a Breastfeeding Infant Contest held in September 2006 and 2007 in Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do. The subjects were 278 breastfeeding mothers. The collected data was processed with the SPSS win 12.0 version. RESULT: Breastfeeding empowerment scored 4.21 on average (5.0 full score). The score showed a statistical difference only in breast milk quantity and breastfeeding knowledge. On the otherhand selfconfidence in the maternal role showed a statistical difference only in breastfeeding frequency and knowledge. Self-confidence in the maternal role showed a statistically significant relationship with breastfeeding skill(gamma=0.50), with breastfeeding will(gamma=0.45), with adherence to exclusive breastfeeding(gamma=0.35) and with group empowerment(gamma=0.39).
CONCLUSION
The positive relationship between breastfeeding empowerment and self-confidence in the maternal role implies that breastfeeding empowerment may be utilized to promote self-confidence in the mother's role.
Key Words: Brestfeeding; Role; Mother


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