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Initiating breastfeeding in postwar Queensland.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11831687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this article, part of a larger study (Thorley 2000), was to determine and examine the practices which surrounded the initiation of breastfeeding in Queensland maternity hospitals in the postwar period, 1945-1965. Although it was assumed that mothers would breastfeed, and sound advice was available on how to achieve a good latch, the often arbitary delay of the first breastfeed, and consistently restrictive practices surrounding the frequency and duration of the feeds, were not conducive to an optimal start for breastfeeding. Staff shortages compounded the situation. Mothers felt powerless and were commonly not informed about whether their babies were being complemented with pooled breastmilk or artificial infant milk in the central nursery, nor were they asked permission for these to be given to their babies. Pooled breastmilk from the postnatal wards was available throughout this period, though in the latter part of this period there appears to have been an increase in the use of artificial milks.
V Thorley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0729-2759     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Rev     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-07     Completed Date:  2002-02-27     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616903     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Rev     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-6     Citation Subset:  K    
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Health Education / history
History, 20th Century
Hospital-Patient Relations
Infant Food / history
Infant, Newborn
Midwifery / history
Mothers / psychology
Social Support

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