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Nutrients 2018, 10(5), 609; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10050609

Factors Associated with Maternal Wellbeing at Four Months Post-Partum in Ireland

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Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James’ Hospital Campus, Dublin 8, Ireland
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School of Biological Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
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Received: 4 March 2018 / Revised: 2 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 / Published: 14 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Breastfeeding and Human Lactation)
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This study aimed to examine factors associated with maternal wellbeing at four months post-partum in the Irish context. Socio-demographic, health behaviour and infant feeding data were collected in pregnancy, at birth and at 17 weeks post-partum. Maternal distress, body image and resilience were measured at 17 weeks post-partum. Binary logistic regression predicted maternal distress and statistical significance was taken at p < 0.05. One hundred and seventy-two women were followed-up in pregnancy, at birth and at 17 weeks post-partum. Three in five (61.6%, n106) initiated breastfeeding. At 17 weeks post-partum, 23.8% (n41) were exclusively or partially breastfeeding and over a third (36.0%, n62) of all mothers were at risk of distress. In multivariate analyses, independent predictors of distress included: low maternal resilience (p < 0.01, odds ratio (OR): 7.22 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.49–20.95)); unsatisfactory partner support (p = 0.02, OR: 3.89 (95% CI: 1.20–12.65)); older age (p = 0.02, OR: 1.11 (95% CI: 1.02–1.21)); and breastfeeding (p = 0.01, OR: 2.89 (95% CI: 1.29–6.47)). Routine assessment of emotional wellbeing and targeted interventions are needed to promote a more healthful transition to motherhood among women in Ireland. View Full-Text
Keywords: maternal wellbeing; maternal distress; post-partum distress; breastfeeding support; paternal role; partner support; infant; Ireland maternal wellbeing; maternal distress; post-partum distress; breastfeeding support; paternal role; partner support; infant; Ireland
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Bennett, A.E.; Kearney, J.M. Factors Associated with Maternal Wellbeing at Four Months Post-Partum in Ireland. Nutrients 2018, 10, 609.

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