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Breastfeeding motivation and Self-Determination Theory


  • Kestler-Peleg, Miri
  • Shamir-Dardikman, Merav
  • Hermoni, Doron
  • Ginzburg, Karni


In the current social climate, breastfeeding is regarded as the “gold standard” of babies' nutrition and optimal mothering. It is not surprising, therefore, that the vast majority of contemporary women begin breastfeeding after they give birth.

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  • Kestler-Peleg, Miri & Shamir-Dardikman, Merav & Hermoni, Doron & Ginzburg, Karni, 2015. "Breastfeeding motivation and Self-Determination Theory," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 144(C), pages 19-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:144:y:2015:i:c:p:19-27
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.09.006

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    1. Marshall, Joyce L. & Godfrey, Mary & Renfrew, Mary J., 2007. "Being a 'good mother': Managing breastfeeding and merging identities," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 65(10), pages 2147-2159, November.
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