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HERDIN Record #: R07-CDU-1811080944033

Maternal self-efficacy and perceived breast milk production among multiparous postpartum mothers in selected hospitals: Basis for information dissemination on exclusive breastfeeding.

Angelica Marie S. Angus,
Cherry Ann V. Arcenal,
Marie Bianca Q. Barrientos,
Mariah M. Bonpua,
Karl Hiens F. Bubuli,
Niña D. Cababahay,
Loi Marie A. Cabardo,
Marichelle Valerie P. Merioles

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         The study aimed to determine at establishing the relationship between the level of Maternal Self-efficacy and Perceived Breast Milk Production among Multiparous Postpartum Mothers in selected hospitals. The study is composed of forty (40) respondents who are on their third to sixth month from the last delivery date, aging 20 to 39 years old, married or cohabiting, recently delivered through Normal Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery only, have breastfed previously and are patients from the Outpatient Department (OPD) of selected hospitals namely: Cebu Doctors' University Hospital (CDUH), Mactan Doctors' Hospital (MDH), North General Hospital (NGH). Two  instruments were utilized in this study: (1) Maternal Self-efficacy Survey originally developed by Douglas M. Teti and Donna M. Gelfand, (2) Breastfeeding Experience Survey originally developed by Deborah E. McCarter- Spaulding and Margaret H. Kearney.

         The respondents were profiled according to age and civil status. Among 40 respondents, 35 respondents (87.5%) belong to the appropriate age of pregnancy (20-34 years old). Five respondents (12.5%) were under the high risk age of pregnancy (35-39 years old). Eighteen respondents (45%) were married and 22 respondents (55%) were cohabiting. The level of Maternal Self-efficacy were categorized, 39 respondents (97.5%) had a high level Maternal Self-efficacy. Only 1 respondent (2.5%) yield moderate level of Maternal Self-efficacy. None of the respondents manifested low Maternal Self-efficacy. The mean for Maternal Self-efficacy among the respondents was 34.37 which was interpreted as high maternal self-efficacy.The respondents were categorized according to perception of breast milk production. Thirty-seven respondents (92.5%) perceived high breast milk production. Three respondents (7.5%) perceived breast milk production. None of the respondent perceived low level of breast milk production. The mean for Perceived Breast Milk Production among the respondents was 18 which was interpreted as perceived high breast milk production.

         The relationship between Maternal Self-efficacy and Perceived Breast  Milk Production as measured by Pearson r-correlation revealed an r= 0.165 which is interpreted as a positive linear correlation between both variables. And
a p = 0.308, therefore, there is no significant relationship between the two variables. Maternal Self-efficacy does not significantly affect Perceived Breast Milk Production. Information dissemination on exclusive breastfeeding was
implemented by handing out brochures about advantages of the said topic.

Publication Type
Thesis Degree
Publication Date
August 2016
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