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The LATCH scoring system and prediction of breastfeeding duration.
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PMID:  17062784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to determine whether LATCH scores assessed by professional staff during in-hospital stays are predictive of breastfeeding at 6 weeks. Participants were English-speaking breastfeeding women, 18 years or older, with healthy singletons. LATCH scores were obtained once every 8 hours on day 1 and daily subsequently until discharge. Data were obtained from hospital charts and telephone interviews on day 4 and week 6 postdelivery. At 6 weeks, 188 of 248 (76%) women were contacted and 66.5% were breastfeeding. LATCH scores were higher among women breastfeeding than those who had weaned. Using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, a score of 9 or above at 16 to 24 hours was the most discriminate of the 5 time periods examined (area under the ROC curve = 0.72). Furthermore, women who met this criterion were 1.7 times more likely to be breastfeeding at 6 weeks than women with lower scores. The LATCH assessment tool is a modest predictor of breastfeeding duration.
Savitri P Kumar; Roberta Mooney; Linda J Wieser; Suzanne Havstad
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-11-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  391-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding* / epidemiology,  statistics & numerical data
Mothers / psychology*
Nursing Assessment* / methods,  standards
Predictive Value of Tests
Prospective Studies
ROC Curve
Sensitivity and Specificity
Sucking Behavior / physiology*
Time Factors

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