Factors affecting breastfeeding motivation in primiparious mothers: An application of breastfeeding motivation scale based on self-determination theory

Health Care Women Int. 2019 Jun;40(6):637-652. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1526289. Epub 2019 May 29.


Researchers aim to adapt the breastfeeding motivation scale and to determine the effect of socio-demographic characteristics, obstetric properties and breastfeeding status on type of breastfeeding motivation. The study sample consisted of 250 mothers those who were primiparious. We recorded the telephone numbers of mothers staying in the Postpartum Services of the hospitals and applied data collection tools by home visits at eighth week postnatal. The autonomous motivations of the mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding their babies were higher than those partially breastfeeding. In addition, advanced age, high education level, nonsmoking status and breastfeeding support were factors that positively affected breastfeeding motivation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age
  • Mothers / education
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Motivation*
  • Parity
  • Personal Autonomy*
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey