Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale—Short Form (BSES-SF)

1.    I can always determine that my baby is getting enough milk
2.    I can always successfully cope with breastfeeding like I have with other challenging tasks
3.    I can always breastfeed my baby without using formula as a supplement
4.    I can always ensure that my baby is properly latched on for the whole feeding
5.    I can always manage the breastfeeding situation to my satisfaction
6.    I can always manage to breastfeed even if my baby is crying
7.    I can always keep wanting to breastfeed
8.    I can always comfortably breastfeed with my family members present
9.    I can always be satisfied with my breastfeeding experience
10.I can always deal with the fact that breastfeeding can be time consuming
11.I can always finish feeding my baby on one breast before switching to the other breast
12.I can always continue to breastfeed my baby for every feeding
13.I can always manage to keep up with my baby’s breastfeeding demands
14.I can always tell when my baby is finished Breastfeeding
 
I can always…
1.    Hold my baby comfortably during breastfeeding
2.    Position my baby correctly at my breast
3.    Focus on getting through one feed at a time
4.    Recognize the signs of a good latch
5.    Take my baby off the breast without pain to myself
6.    Determine that my baby is getting enough milk
7.    Successfully cope with breastfeeding like I have with other challenging tasks
8.    Depend on my family to support my decision to breastfeed
9.    Motivate myself to breastfeed successfully
10.Monitor how much breast milk my baby is getting by keeping track of my baby’s urine and bowel movement [Monitor breast milk by keeping track of my baby’s urine and bowel movement]
11.Breastfeed my baby without using formula as a supplement
12.Ensure that my baby is properly latched on for the whole feeding
13.Manage the breastfeeding situation to my satisfaction
14.Manage to breastfeed even if my baby is crying
15.Keep my baby awake at my breast during a feeding
16.Maintain my milk supply by using the “supply and demand” rule
17.Refrain from bottle feeding for the first 4 weeks
18.Feed my baby with breast milk only
19.Stay motivated to breastfeed my baby
20.Count on my friends to support my decision to breastfeed
21.Keep wanting to breastfeed
22.Feed my baby every 2–3 hours
23.Keep feeling that I really want to breastfeed my baby for at least 6 weeks
24.Comfortably breastfeed with my family members present
25.Be satisfied with my breastfeeding experience
26.Comfortably breastfeed in public places
27.Deal with the fact that breastfeeding can be time consuming
28.Finish feeding my baby on one breast before switching to the other breast
29.Continue to breastfeed my baby for every feeding .65
30.Feel if my baby is sucking properly at my breast
31.Accept the fact that breastfeeding may temporarily limit my freedom
32.Manage to keep up with my baby’s breastfeeding demands
33.Recognize when my baby is finished breastfeeding [Tell when my baby is finished breastfeeding]
 
Technique‚ Intrapersonal thoughts‚ Support
 
1 = not at all confident‚ 2 = not very confident‚ 3 = sometimes confident‚ 4 = confident‚ 5 = very confident
 
 

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