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'Too scary to think about': first time mothers' perceptions of the usefulness of antenatal breastfeeding education.
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PMID:  20493795     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this pilot study was to uncover the perceived usefulness of a contemporary antenatal education strategy for mother's experience of breastfeeding initiation.
RESEARCH QUESTION: How useful do first time mothers perceive an antenatal education strategy to be for initiating breastfeeding?
PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: This was a simple descriptive pilot study with ten first time mothers as participants; all of whom were booked into an Australian private maternity unit for antenatal breastfeeding education, labour, birth and postpartum care. Semi-structured interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed.
FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION: Antenatal education was beneficial for informing first time mothers of the practical skills required to positively initiate breastfeeding. However, this antenatal education strategy was not enough to reduce anxiety and foster the participants sense of self-confidence in their ability to breastfeed their newborns.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Recommendations are made to focus antenatal breastfeeding strategies on first, a strength based model that builds confidence in women's ability to successfully breastfeed. Second, in the interests of fully informed consent, women are to be advised about the physiological connection between pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding and the impact that interventions such as synthetic oxytocin, caesarean section and epidural anaesthesia are likely to have on the initiation of breastfeeding.
Heather J Craig; Elaine Dietsch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women and birth : journal of the Australian College of Midwives     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1878-1799     ISO Abbreviation:  Women Birth     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  2011-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101266131     Medline TA:  Women Birth     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  160-5     Citation Subset:  N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Mothers / education,  psychology*
Patient Education as Topic*
Pilot Projects
Prenatal Care / methods,  psychology
Qualitative Research
Self Efficacy

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