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An evaluation of midwives' knowledge of formula feeding and their role in supporting mothers who formula feed their infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21319672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: To explore midwives' knowledge of and support for formula feeding and to identify barriers that may prevent midwives giving information to mothers who formula feed their infants.
METHOD: The study was designed in two phases using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The total sample was 132 midwives. Guidance on ethical approval was obtained from the National Research Ethics Service.
RESULTS: The study identified that many midwives had a lack of knowledge of formula milks and that limited support is available for mothers who formula feed. This was compounded by a lack of unbiased literature for both mothers and midwives and a lack of understanding and/or a misinterpretation of policies.
CONCLUSIONS: National guidelines support a policy of health professionals giving mothers who formula feed the information they require. Mothers who have chosen to formula feed need this information to ensure their infants receive nourishment that is appropriate and is safely and correctly reconstituted. Recommendations are made for clinical practice that should have potential health benefits for infants who are formula fed while not undermining breast-feeding.
Sue Battersby
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family health care     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1474-9114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Health Care     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142028     Medline TA:  J Fam Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  192-7     Citation Subset:  N    
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