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Influences on Breastfeeding Outcomes for Healthy Term and Preterm/Sick Infants.
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PMID:  22335773     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Objective: This study investigated breastfeeding outcomes and factors associated with duration of breastfeeding in cohorts of healthy term and sick/preterm infants. Study Design: Follow-up was conducted of 87 sick/preterm and 92 term healthy infants during the 9 months following discharge from two Western Australian hospitals. Results: When corrected for gestational age, breastfeeding duration did not differ between the entire cohort of sick/preterm and term healthy groups. Multivariable analysis showed that early cessation of breastfeeding was more likely for infants born at <33 weeks of gestation (hazard ratio [HR ]=2.05, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.14-3.69), mothers who had previously breastfed for <6 months (HR=3.67, 95% CI=2.12-6.37), and for mothers who perceived breastfeeding to be important rather than very important (HR=2.58, 95% CI=1.59-4.20). Conclusions: Maternal perceptions of breastfeeding as "important" rather than "very important" and previous breastfeeding duration of <6 months are negatively associated with breastfeeding duration; these factors can be identified and addressed during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Preterm infants born at <33 weeks of gestation have a shorter breastfeeding duration than those born at a later gestation.
Sharon L Perrella; Julie Williams; Elizabeth A Nathan; Jennifer Fenwick; Peter E Hartmann; Donna T Geddes
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1556-8342     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-2-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101260777     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1 School of Biomedical, Biomolecular, and Chemical Sciences, The University of Western Australia , Crawley, Western Australia, Australia .
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