Factors Influencing on the Duration of Breastfeeding in Ramathibodi Hospital Personnel

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Matthana Sangwarn
Kanjana Naromrum


Background: Breast milk is the best food for newborn and the important base in physical mental intellectual and emotional development.

Objective: To identify rate of exclusive breastfeeding at least 6 months and to influencing factors on duration of breastfeeding in Ramathibodi Hospital personnel.

Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study. Participants were 483 Ramathibodi Hospital personnels who gave birth at Ramathibodi Hospital from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2015. Instruments were demographic data and breastfeeding history questionnaires. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and the correlation between the factors associated with breastfeeding used chi-square test and multiple logistic regression analysis.

Results: Questionnaires were returned 329 (68%). Exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 months was 20%. The finding showed that age, level of education, occupation, average family income per month, duration of breastfeeding intention, breastfeeding instruction at antenatal care clinic, and personnel have breast milk before discharge were related to the duration of breastfeeding for more than or equal 6 months (P < .05). Occupation and duration of breastfeeding intention predicted the duration of breastfeeding in Ramathibodi Hospital personnel 17.2%.

Conclusions: This study showed that high age, high level of education, maternal occupation, high family income, duration of breastfeeding intention, breastfeeding instruction at antenatal care clinic, and personnel having breast milk before discharge related to the duration of breastfeeding for equal or more than 6 months. The predictable factors on the duration of breastfeeding for equal or more than 6 months were occupation and duration of breastfeeding intention.

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Sangwarn, M., & Naromrum, K. (2020). Factors Influencing on the Duration of Breastfeeding in Ramathibodi Hospital Personnel. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 43(3), 15–26. https://doi.org/10.33165/rmj.2020.43.3.218806
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