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Evaluation of breastfeeding in a Baby-Friendly City, Corum, Turkey.
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PMID:  20586228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Corum is one of the Baby-Friendly Cities in Turkey since 2004. For optimum initiation and continuing of breastfeeding, not only educating the mothers about breast milk and breastfeeding is enough but also social support systems including family support is very important. The aim of this study was to evaluate the breast feeding status and the effect of lactation counseling support (LCS) on breastfeeding and social support in a Baby-Friendly City. In a cross-sectional study, a questionnaire was administered to 800 mothers of infants between 2-24 months admitted to government and private hospitals and government health facilities in urban part, towns and villages of Corum for any reason, between February 2006 and February 2007. Mothers' and fathers' age and education level, the type of family, the sex and the order of children, the type of birth, the infants' birth weights, planned pregnancy did not affect the participation of LCS. Mothers who gave colostrum as the first food had more frequently taken LCS than mothers who gave prelacteal foods (p < 0.01). The percentage of LCS in mothers who knew the expression of breast milk and didn't give bottle feeding was higher compared to others (respectively; p < 0.01, p = 0.05). Mothers supported from husbands, sisters and mothers-in-law participated more frequently (p < 0.05) in LCS than unsupported mothers. LCS is very important for mothers to develop correct attitudes and behavior about breastfeeding and family collaboration. Further regional studies should be done to follow the changes in breastfeeding status, to detect the local problems and to arrange special training programmes.
P Elif Erkul; S Songül Yalçin; Sevda Kiliç
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Central European journal of public health     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1210-7778     ISO Abbreviation:  Cent. Eur. J. Public Health     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-30     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417324     Medline TA:  Cent Eur J Public Health     Country:  Czech Republic    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Corum Maternity Ward and Children Hospital, Corum, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / epidemiology*,  psychology
Health Services Accessibility
Health Surveys
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Health Services
Social Support*
Urban Population*
Young Adult

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