2018 Volume 20 Issue 4 Pages 147-157
Purpose : This study aimed to determine factors associated with continued breastfeeding, based on mothers' reflections on their experiences of breastfeeding for 1 year following the birth of their babies. Subjects : The sample comprised 10 mothers who had given birth at a birth center and had continued to breastfeed for 1 year. Methods : This was a qualitative descriptive study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using an interviewer-guided approach. Data were qualitatively and inductively analyzed and then categorized. This study was approved by the ethical review board of the institution that the researchers belonged to. Results/Discussion : Factors associated with continued breastfeeding included （a） regarding breastfeeding to be natural;（ b） being watched over by specialists who recommend breastfeeding; （c） breastfeeding support from the birth of their baby till 4 months of age; and （d） understanding of the importance of breastfeeding by family members. Results also suggested that mothers’ thoughts on breastfeeding, the presence of experts who recommend breastfeeding, and the understanding of family members were necessary for continued breastfeeding. It appears that guidance from persons close to mothers during the first few months of motherhood is of particular importance for continued breastfeeding.