The effect of perceived insufficient milk on transition to supplementary food and factors affecting it during the first six months postpartum in Turkey: A cross-sectional study

Küçük E., Çalık K. Y., Tayar N.

HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, vol.44, no.3, pp.295-313, 2023 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07399332.2021.2007928
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, PAIS International, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.295-313
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The researchers' aims were to determine the effect of perceived insufficient milk supply on the transition to supplementary food and the factors affecting it. This is a cross-sectional design study, we were conducted between April and August 2019 and included 335 mothers and their babies in a baby-friendly hospital in Turkey. It was shown that mothers with perceived insufficient milk switched to supplementary food 6.538 times more frequently (p < 0.05). It was shown that some maternal, lactational, and infant (baby's age) factors affected the perception of insufficient milk (p < 0.05). The perception of insufficient milk is an important factor contributing to the transition to supplementary food.