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Human-milk feeding after NICU discharge.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19892636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Difficulty with breastfeeding is common, and challenges are particularly pronounced for mothers of ill or preterm infants. This study explores the breastfeeding experiences of mothers of these at-risk infants to determine their breastfeeding patterns and to better understand reasons they prematurely stop breastfeeding and/or human-milk feeding (HMF). DESIGN: A qualitative, longitudinal, descriptive design was used. SAMPLE: The sample consisted of 144 mothers whose preterm or ill infants were cared for in either an NICU or an intermediate care nursery in a large central Canadian city; 112 mothers completed data collection to six weeks after their infants were discharged from the hospital. MAIN OUTCOME VARIABLE: The main outcome variable was continued breastfeeding or HMF of formerly ill or preterm infants at one and six weeks after their discharge from the hospital. RESULTS: Of infants who were being fed mother's milk when discharged from the hospital, 71 percent continued to receive at least some mother's milk at six weeks after discharge. Mothers reported that their own physical and emotional problems, infant health concerns, and lack of time and support were reasons for discontinuing provision of human milk.
Barbara J Wheeler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neonatal network : NN     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1539-2880     ISO Abbreviation:  Neonatal Netw     Publication Date:    2009 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-06     Completed Date:  2010-02-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503921     Medline TA:  Neonatal Netw     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  381-9     Citation Subset:  N    
St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature*
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Longitudinal Studies
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Neonatal Nursing / methods
Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data*
Postpartum Period / psychology*
Young Adult

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