Quality of Life Research

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 1281–1288

The association between infant feeding pattern and mother’s quality of life in Taiwan

Authors

  • Yi-Chun Chen
    • School of Nutrition and Health SciencesTaipei Medical University
  • Wei-Chu Chie
    • Department of Public Health and Institute of Preventive MedicineNational Taiwan University College of Public Health
  • Shu-Chen Kuo
    • Department of Healthcare ManagementYuanpei University
  • Yu-Hsuan Lin
    • Department of HealthPopulation and Health Research Center, Bureau of Health Promotion
  • Shio-Jean Lin
    • Department of PediatricsNational Cheng-Kung University Hospital, and College of Medicine, National Cheng-Kung University
    • Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial HygieneNational Taiwan University College of Public Health
Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-007-9233-1

Cite this article as:
Chen, Y., Chie, W., Kuo, S. et al. Qual Life Res (2007) 16: 1281. doi:10.1007/s11136-007-9233-1

Abstract

Background

This study compared the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of mothers using different infant feeding methods.

Methods

We used the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form (SF-36) to measure the HRQOL of 1,747 mothers and used the scores to look for associations with infant feeding methods (not breastfeeding, breastfeeding for <1 month, breastfeeding 1–5 months, and still breastfeeding at the 6th month). The mothers were chosen via a stratified sampling from the Taiwan national birth registration data between November and December 2003.

Results

HRQOL and breastfeeding duration were positively associated. Of the eight unadjusted domain scores of the SF-36, general health perception and mental health were significantly different among these four different infant feeding groups (P < 0.05). After controlling for potential confounding factors, mothers who breastfed for 6 months or longer had a higher HRQOL score than the other mothers. In addition, their physical functioning, general health perception and mental health scores were higher than those of mothers who did not breastfeed (P < 0.05). Mother’s family income and parity and child’s health status were also associated with mother’s quality of life.

Conclusions

Compared to the other mothers, mothers who breastfed for six moths or longer had better HRQOL. However, the limitation that this study was cross-sectional in design should be considered and further studies are needed.

Keywords

BreastfeedingHealth-related quality of lifeInfant feedingMothersSF-36

Abbreviations

BP

Body pain

GH

General health perception

HRQOL

Health-related quality of life

MH

Mental health

PF

Physical functioning

RE

Role limitations due to emotional problems

RP

Role limitations due to physical health problems

SF

Social functioning

SF-36

36-item Short-Form health survey

VT

Vitality

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007