The Effect of Perceived Social Support of Syrian Mothers on Their Infant Feeding Attitudes

Bektaş İ., Arkan G.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC NURSING-NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES, vol.57, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Purpose: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of perceived social support of mothers who were Syrian refugees in Turkey on attitudes toward feeding their babies. Design and method: This study used a cross-sectional design and investigated the demographic characteristics, perceived social support, and infant feeding attitudes of the mothers who migrated from Syria and came to the Health Education Center for Immigrants to receive healthcare services. Results: The mean age of the mothers (n = 150) who participated in the study was 24.51 + 5.84 years, and the mean duration of their stay in Turkey was 4.12 +/- 1.57 years. The mean number of pregnancies of the mothers was 2.62 +/- 1.4, and the mean number of children was 2.33 +/- 1.28. As a result of the analysis, we have deter-mined that thesub-dimension of perceived social support from a special person significantly affects the continu-ation of breastfeeding of mothers during the first six months (p < 0.05). The perceived social support of mothers and other variables in the model were found to explain 14.6% of the breastfeeding attitude. Conclusions and implications for practice: The attitudes of Syrian mothers toward feeding their babies were af-fected by perceived social support from a special person. It is recommended to aidsocial support systems for im-migrant women to develop positive attitudes toward breastfeeding.