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Predictors of Quality of Life in Breastfeeding Mothers Referred to Health Centers in Iran
Mahin Kamalifard, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Fatemeh Ranjbar, Nasrin Gordani
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


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Keywords : Breastfeeding, Quality of Life, Demographic Factors
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Abstract
Objective: Considering the importance of breastfeeding and positive role of the quality of life (QOL) of mothers on it, we intended to investigate QOL predictors.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 547 eligible breastfeeding mothers with infants, aged between two and six months, referred to health centers in Falavarjancityin Iran. Participants were selected randomly. The socio-demographic questionnaire and QOL Inventory of the World Health Organization were completed through interview. The multivariate linear regression analysis was carried out to investigate the relationship of QOL with socio-demographic characteristics.

Results: The mean (standard deviation) of QOL was 67.6(13.7) from a range between 0 and 100. According to the multivariate linear regression analysis, the variables ofmother's age, spouse’s ageand job, economic status, gestational age at delivery, gravidity, tendency for pregnancy, breastfeeding history, and breastfeeding traininghad relationship with QOL.

Conclusion: Consideringthat the socio-demographic factors on QOL inbreastfeeding mothers can be moderated, it seems that the QOL of such mothers can be improved through extensive planning and supportive strategiesby family and society.

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