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The impact of a new universal postpartum program on breastfeeding outcomes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17062785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Ontario Mother and Infant Study II examined changes in postpartum health outcomes, including breastfeeding initiation and discontinuation, for mothers and their infants and compared these results to data collected prior to the initiation of the Universal Hospital Stay and Postpartum Home Visiting Program policy change in 1998. Data were collected using cross-sectional surveys before discharge and at 4 weeks postdischarge. Ninety percent of the women surveyed at 4 weeks postpartum initiated breastfeeding. Of these, 84% were still breastfeeding at 4 weeks postpartum. None of the 3 major program components-extended length of stay, a postpartum phone call from a public health worker, or a postpartum in-home visit-were associated with breastfeeding continuation to 4 weeks. Discontinuation before 4 weeks postdischarge was associated with maternal attitudes toward breastfeeding, formula feeding or supplementation in hospital, infant readmission, and use of walk-in clinics for infant care.
Debbie Sheehan; Susan Watt; Paul Krueger; Wendy Sword
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2006-11-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  398-408     Citation Subset:  N    
Family Health Division, City of Hamilton Public Health Services, Dundas, ON, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Ambulatory Care / methods,  statistics & numerical data*
Breast Feeding / epidemiology,  statistics & numerical data*
House Calls / statistics & numerical data
Infant Care / methods,  statistics & numerical data*
Infant, Newborn
Length of Stay
Mothers / psychology*
Postnatal Care / methods*
Postpartum Period
Time Factors

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