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Correlations between welfare initiatives and breastfeeding rates: a 10-year follow-up study.
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PMID:  18710434     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of full breastfeeding during the first 6 months of age and to discover if training programs for health caregivers and welfare initiatives at the community level could improve breastfeeding rates. METHODS: Newborn babies with gestational age > or =36 weeks and birth weight > or =2500 g, discharged from the hospital within the first week of life, without any underlying pathologies, were enrolled in 3-month long sample periods between 1997 and 2006. A questionnaire was distributed to the mothers, to be completed and submitted before hospital discharge. Data were collected from phone interviews at 1, 3 and 6 months. RESULTS: Full breastfeeding rates at hospital discharge showed an oscillation between 69.9% and 87%. The rate decreased in the following months and reached very low levels at 6 months of age (< 24%), with the exception of the last sample period in 2006 (44.9%). CONCLUSION: A simple questionnaire, combined with standardized phone interviews, can be easily reproduced and may be used as an indicator for quality of neonatal care at hospital nurseries. A social and cultural change of the whole community towards breastfeeding promotion will result in increasing breastfeeding rates.
Bruno Mordini; Elisa Bortoli; Rossella Pagano; Giulia Barozzi; Fabrizio Ferrari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  98     ISSN:  1651-2227     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-17     Completed Date:  2009-04-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neonatology, University Hospital, Via Del Pozzo 71, Modena, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / statistics & numerical data*
Confidence Intervals
Health Policy*
Infant Care / statistics & numerical data*
Infant, Newborn
Odds Ratio
Prospective Studies
Residence Characteristics
Social Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
Time Factors

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