Maternal attitude towards breastfeeding: A concept analysis

Debbie Carrick-Sen, Layla Hamze

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Background: Mother and infant benefits of breastfeeding have been confirmed globally. Maternal attitude is a significant predictor for intention, initiation and continuation of breastfeeding, and is a multi-faceted and frequently-used concept.

Aims: To undertake a literature review and concept analysis of maternal attitude related to breastfeeding.

Methods: Walker and Avant's eight-step framework was used.

Findings: Attitude is a multi-faceted, frequently-used concept. Four critical attributes were identified: making a judgment based on beliefs, experience, knowledge and/or principles; feelings and thoughts towards a specific topic; a decision to agree, disagree or remain neutral; and consideration of behaviour and/or action change (or a decision not to take action). The review suggests that health professionals could apply the assessment of patient attitude to achieve desired behaviour.

Conclusion: Maternal attitude was related to intention, initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Concept analysis, Maternal attitude, Initiation, Duration
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018


  • breastfeeding
  • concept analysis
  • maternal attitude
  • initiation
  • duration


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