The Relationship between Women’s Postpartum Sexual Function and Infant Feeding

Document Type: Case Report

Authors

1 M.Sc. of Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Faculty Member, Nursing and Midwifery School, Women’s Health Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 M.Sc. Student of Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery School, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

4 PhD Student of Reproductive health, Student Research Committee, Nursing and Midwifery School, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Breastfeeding is the ideal source of nutrition for infants. However, there is controversy regarding the effect of breastfeeding on mothers’ sexual function. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the relationship between postpartum sexual function and infant feeding method in women referring to Mashhad healthcare centers.
Methods: This descriptive, analytical study was performed on 366 women, referring to Mashhad healthcare centers. The subjects’ sexual function and infant feeding method were assessed four months after childbirth. Data were collected using the standard Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) and infant feeding method questionnaire; validity and reliability of the instruments were confirmed. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 11.5 and descriptive and analytical tests.
Results: There was a significant assocation between women's sexual function score and infant feeding method four months after childbirth (P=0.04). The highest score was obtained by women with exclusive breastfeeding (6.23±3.5).
Conclusion: This study showed a relationship between infant feeding method and women's sexual function. In fact, women with exclusive breastfeeding obtained high scores of sexual function. Therefore, according to the results, it is essential to train and consult women about exclusive breastfeeding and its positive effect on sexual function.

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