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Breastfeeding status and maternal psychopathologies: in a longitudinal study
  1. Siddika Songül Yalçin1,
  2. Emel Örün2
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Unit of Social Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Fatih University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Professor S. Songül Yalçin, Department of Pediatrics, Unit of Social Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Samanpazari, 06100 Ankara, Turkey; siyalcin{at}

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The effect of maternal mood on breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity is not clear. Gagliardi et al1 showed that even low levels of depressive symptoms detected by the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale are negatively associated with breastfeeding. This prompted us to look at our data in Mother–Infant Care Study.2 3 In this comprehensive study, mothers voluntarily enrolled within 3 days post partum between July and October 2006 and followed. In the first interview, 577 mothers completed a questionnaire including maternal, gestational and neonatal characteristics, breastfeeding initiation time and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). Of these women, 298 mothers were available at 4–6 weeks post partum for a telephone interview and were questioned about the feeding …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethical Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University (TBK07/07).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.