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Teaching Chilean mothers to massage their full-term infants: effects on maternal breast-feeding and infant weight gain at age 2 and 4 months.
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PMID:  20442614     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of massage on infant weight gain and exclusive maternal breast-feeding of an intervention that involved teaching mothers to massage their full-term infants. The sample included 100 healthy newborn infants who were receiving primary healthcare at 3 health centers in a low-income neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. The control group included 65 infants and the massage group included 35 infants. During their second well-child clinic visit, clinic nurses provided instruction to massage-group mothers about how to massage their infants, based on the methods of the Baby's First Massage program ( Mothers were encouraged to massage their infants for 10 to 15 minutes at least once a day, starting when their infants were 15 days old. There was no difference in the mean weights of the infants between the massage and control groups at baseline, but at age 2 months, massage group infants weighed significantly more than control-group infants. There were no weight differences between the 2 groups at age 4 months. There were no differences between the 2 groups on the incidence of exclusive maternal breast-feeding at age 2 or 4 months. The findings suggest that teaching mothers to massage their newborn infants may have a beneficial effect on the infant's early weight gain. There is a need for additional studies to evaluate the effect of maternal massage on other health and welfare outcomes for both mothers and infants.
Maria Sylvia Campos Serrano; Francisca Márquez Doren; Lynda Wilson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1550-5073     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2010 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-05     Completed Date:  2010-08-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801387     Medline TA:  J Perinat Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  172-81     Citation Subset:  N    
Universidad Católica de Chile Escuela de Enfermería, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Vicuña Mackenna, Chile.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Breast Feeding* / psychology
Chi-Square Distribution
Follow-Up Studies
Infant, Newborn
Massage / education*,  methods,  psychology
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / education*,  psychology
Nursing Evaluation Research
Object Attachment
Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
Poverty Areas
Urban Population
Weight Gain*

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