Effects of perceived social support on maternal stress and breastfeeding: A narrative review

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Maternal Stress, Social Support, Nurturing, Feeding


Background: Health authorities recommend exclusive breastfeeding until six months of age and continued breastfeeding (BF) until two years. Objective: To conduct a narrative review of the effects of social support on maternal distress and BF. Method: A narrative and non-systematic review was conducted, selecting articles from the literature in PubMed, Redalyc, BVS, and from websites of organisations such as WHO and UNICEF. Results: The results show that low social support is associated with increased maternal stress and affects the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding. Social support acts to reduce stress levels. Conclusion: Social support is a factor to be considered as a strategy to reduce maternal stress and promote BF. It is necessary to emphasise the role of healthcare teams in promoting BF, especially among single-parent mothers, by providing social support and breastfeeding education.


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Sosa Paez, V., Kamenetzky, G., & Rovella, A. (2023). Effects of perceived social support on maternal stress and breastfeeding: A narrative review. Interacciones, 9, e334. https://doi.org/10.24016/2023.v9.334
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