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The 'Earlybird' gets the breastmilk: findings from an evaluation of combined professional and peer support groups to improve breastfeeding duration in the first eight weeks after birth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17355443     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Australia has high initiation rates of breastfeeding, but the challenges of establishing and maintaining breastfeeding in the first few months of infant life result in many women changing to artificial formula feeding. This paper reports on the impact of a new strategy to improve breastfeeding duration rates in the first 8 weeks post-partum. The Earlybird Program (EBP) combines the professional expertise of child and family health (C&FH) nurses with the expertise of the participating mothers to support each other in establishing breastfeeding in the first 8 weeks. This retrospective study compared the breastfeeding patterns of first-time mothers who attended the EBP, with the breastfeeding patterns of mothers who accessed individual appointments with the nurses in a 12-month period, and examined the predictors of continued breastfeeding at 8 weeks. The total sample comprised 193 infant records. Women who selected the EBP were more likely to be employed and less likely to be categorized as non-English speaking background. These women also had more visits to the C&FH service. Logistic regression was used to determine the factors associated with breastfeeding cessation at 8 weeks post-natal. After adjusting for variables, only exclusive breastfeeding at first visit and attending the EBP were significant predictors of continuing to breastfeed at 8 weeks. Facilitation skills that recognize the expertise of participating women were considered an important aspect of the programme.
Authors:
Sue Kruske; Virginia Schmied; Margaret Cook
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1740-8695     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-14     Completed Date:  2007-06-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  108-19     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Maternal and Child Health, Graduate School for Health Practice, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. sue.kruske@cdu.edu.au
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Australia
Breast Feeding* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Child Health Services
Female
Humans
Infant
Infant, Newborn
Peer Group*
Postnatal Care / methods*
Retrospective Studies
Social Support*
Time Factors

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