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A comparative study of breastfeeding during pregnancy: impact on maternal and newborn outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22333968     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Despite widespread cultural vilification, lactation-pregnancy overlap remains common. Its actual adverse effects remain uncertain.
PURPOSE: This study compared rates of success in reaching full-term delivery and newborn birth weights between two groups of multiparous pregnant women: those who breast-fed during pregnancy and those who did not.
METHODS: This was a comparative study conducted over 9 months, which examined two groups of women in the maternity units of two hospitals in Birjand, Iran. The first group comprised 80 women who breast-fed for 30 days or more during pregnancy; the second group comprised 240 women who did not. The two groups had similar distributions in terms of maternal age, parity, medical/midwifery problems, and nutritional changes during pregnancy. Two trained nurses used a self-developed questionnaire to collect data.
RESULTS: Results found no significant difference in full-term or non-full-term births rates and mean newborn birth weight between the two groups. We further found no significant difference between full-term or non-full-term births and mean newborn birth weight for those who continued and discontinued breastfeeding during pregnancy in the overlap group.
CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Results suggest that breastfeeding during normal pregnancy does not increase chance of untoward maternal and newborn outcomes. Nurses and midwives should give expectant mothers appropriate evidence-based guidance and focus attention on promoting proper nutritional intake based on lactation status during pregnancy.
Farah Madarshahian; Mohsen Hassanabadi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of nursing research : JNR     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1948-965X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-15     Completed Date:  2012-07-10     Revised Date:  2012-09-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101128757     Medline TA:  J Nurs Res     Country:  China (Republic : 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  74-80     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Breast Feeding / adverse effects*
Case-Control Studies
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy Trimesters
Prenatal Care*
Prenatal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena

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