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LATCH: a breastfeeding charting system and documentation tool.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8176525     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nurses most often use a subjective "well/fair/poor" system to assess and document breastfeeding. LATCH is a breastfeeding charting system that provides a systematic method for gathering information about individual breastfeeding sessions. The system assigns a numerical score, 0, 1, or 2, to five key components of breastfeeding. Each letter of the acronym LATCH denotes an area of assessment. "L" is for how well the infant latches onto the breast. "A" is for the amount of audible swallowing noted. "T" is for the mother's nipple type. "C" is for the mother's level of comfort. "H" is for the amount of help the mother needs to hold her infant to the breast. The system is visually represented in the same form as the Apgar scoring grid, and the numbers are handled in the same way. With the LATCH system, the nurse can assess maternal and infant variables, define areas of needed intervention, and determine priorities in providing patient care and teaching.
D Jensen; S Wallace; P Kelsay
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:  1994 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-08     Completed Date:  1994-06-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-32     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Maternal/Newborn Unit, Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, OR 97440.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Forms and Records Control
Maternal-Child Nursing
Nursing Assessment*
Nursing Records*
Comment In:
J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1995 Jan;24(1):13   [PMID:  7714634 ]

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