The Association among Life Quality during Maternality in Postpartum WomenName : Dr. Min Yu Chang
Affliation : Lecturer
University : Chang Gung Memorial University
Country : Taiwan
Background: The purpose of this study is to investigate whether breastfeeding will affect life quality during maternality and further dissect the influences of breast milk feeding methods on the motherhood.
Method: Questionnaire survey was conducted in individuals (n=302), who gave birth of their babies within two months in Chinese Medical University Hospital. Questionnaires with the 5-point Likert scale were utilized to assess life quality of maternality followed by multivariate analysis of variance and one way repeated measure analysis of variation. These questionnaires mainly focused on sense of achievement and mother-child relationship 20 items. In addition, basic personal information, methods of breast milk delivery, and timetable of daily life activities were collected. Multiple regression analysis was performed using breastfeeding methods as an independent variable, basic personal information as a control variable, and quality of daily life activities as a dependent variable. All analyses were performed using the SPSS predictive analytics software.
Results: Average age of the objects was 32.8 years old (25-40 years old). Of 302 individuals, 87.8% received college education/or higher, 69.2% gave birth vaginally, 55.3% gave birth for the first time, and 98.7% had singleton births. Statistical analyses revealed that the variable of breastfeeding positively correlates with the variable of maternal daily life activities (p<0.001). Women with exclusive breastfeeding exhibited better results in life quality assessment compared to women with mixed bottled breastfeeding. Significant differences were also observed in assessment of physical and mental health as well as environmental aspects of daily life activities. Furthermore, individuals with exclusive breastfeeding displayed higher score in mental health status compared to women with other feeding methods.
Conclusions: These findings that the association of women with pure breastfeeding with better mental health status will be our recommendations for promising practices of breastfeeding in maternal and infant health care and will serve as a fundamental base for future investigation.
Biography: Min-Yu Chang received master's degree from National Taipei University Of Nursing And Health Science, Taiwan. She is a supervisor of nursing at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and as well as a lecturer of Chang Gung Memorial University in Taiwan.