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Newborn temperature during skin-to-skin breastfeeding in couples having breastfeeding difficulties.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15918868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Kangaroo (skin-to-skin contact) care facilitates the maintenance of safe temperatures in newborn infants. Concern persists that infants will become cold while breastfeeding, however, especially if in skin-to-skin contact with the mother. This concern might be especially realistic for infants experiencing breastfeeding difficulties. The objective was to measure temperature during a study of mothers and infants who were having breastfeeding difficulties during early postpartum and were given opportunities to experience skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding. METHOD: Forty-eight full-term infants were investigated using a pretest-test-posttest study design. Temporal artery temperature was measured before, after, and once during 3 consecutive skin-to-skin breastfeeding interventions and 1 intervention 24 hours after the first intervention. RESULTS: During skin-to-skin contact, most infants reached and maintained temperatures between 36.5 and 37.6 degrees C, the thermoneutral range, with only rare exceptions. CONCLUSIONS: The temperatures of study infants reached and remained at the thermoneutral range during breastfeeding in skin-to-skin contact. The data suggest that mothers may have the ability to modulate their infant's temperature during skin-to-skin contact if given the opportunity. Hospital staff and parents can be reassured that, with respect to their temperature, healthy newborn infants, with or without breastfeeding difficulties, may safely breastfeed in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers.
Sheau-Huey Chiu; Gene Cranston Anderson; Maria D Burkhammer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Birth (Berkeley, Calif.)     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0730-7659     ISO Abbreviation:  Birth     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-27     Completed Date:  2005-08-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302042     Medline TA:  Birth     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Akron, College of Nursing, Akron, OH, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Temperature*
Breast Feeding*
Infant Care / methods*
Infant, Newborn
Mother-Child Relations*
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Grant Support
2R01 NR02444/NR/NINR NIH HHS; M01 RR00080-36/RR/NCRR NIH HHS

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