The Effect of Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills on Breastfeeding Success: A Hypothetical Model
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Introduction: Although breastfeeding is a common practice in Turkey, there are problems with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life or sustaining breastfeeding. The purpose of this study was to determine the variables that affect breastfeeding success of Turkish women by creating a hypothetical model based on the information-motivation-behavioral skills model. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted with 229 women who gave birth at a public hospital. Data were collected using a questionnaire and through observation. Structural equation model was used for data analyses. Results: Information was found to directly affect behavioral skills and indirectly affect self-management behaviors and breastfeeding success (p < .05). The motivation was found to affect self-management behaviors directly (p < .05). Behavioral skills were found to directly affect self-management behaviors and indirectly affect breastfeeding success (p < .05). Discussion: The results can be used to develop culturally congruent nursing interventions and improve breastfeeding success.