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Department of Neonatology, Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran ,
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Context: Although positive outcomes of breastfeeding on both mothers and infants are well known, few studies have investigated the spiritual aspects of breastfeeding. This study attempted a narrative review of the researches about spiritual and religious beliefs for breastfeeding.
Evidence acquisition: This review deals with religious and spiritual aspects of breastfeeding. All papers at the period of 2000-2018 in the international databases were studied. The measured outcome included different breastfeeding behaviors in mothers with different religions.
Results: In this study 69 related studies were reviewed and finally 9 articles were selected. One article was about influence of breastfeeding practice itself on spiritual status of mothers and 8 articles about effect of religious beliefs on different breastfeeding behaviors were found.
Conclusion: The results of this review showed that the spirituality can influence the management of breastfeeding behavior. Notice to spirituality interventions should be preferred to acknowledge the high priority in breast feeding practice because it may allow public health officials to more effectively promote breastfeeding policies.
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Type of Study: Narrative Review | Subject: Neonatology
Received: 2019/12/9 | Accepted: 2020/02/23 | Published: 2019/07/19

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