The relationship between breastfeeding test weights and postpartum breastfeeding rates

Susan L Wilhelm, T. Kim Rodehorst-Weber, Mary Beth Flanders Stepans, Melody Hertzog

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This secondary analysis was conducted to determine the relationship between test weights and days of breastfeeding. Test weights were performed with a scale (accurate to 2 grams) before and after feeding. Days of breastfeeding was measured by self-reporting. All test weights were interrelated and were associated with higher days of breastfeeding. Test weights at day 2 to 4 and at 2 weeks were not correlated significantly with either intention or self-efficacy at any time. However, 6-week test weights were correlated with intention at all 3 times, and self-efficacy at 6 weeks. Women with higher breastfeeding self-efficacy scores tended to report higher intention to breastfeed for 6 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Human Lactation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2010



  • breastfeeding duration
  • breastfeeding promotion
  • breastfeeding support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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