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J Hum Lact. 2010 Feb;26(1):42-8. doi: 10.1177/0890334409344077. Epub 2009 Sep 16.

Evaluation of a breastfeeding assessment score in a diverse population.

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Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMH&C), Kansas City, Missouri 64108, USA.


A previous study performed in a predominately suburban population developed a breastfeeding assessment score (BAS) that was designed to predict, prior to hospital discharge, those mothers who would discontinue breastfeeding within the first 10 days of age. The purpose of the present study was to assess the BAS in a more diverse population. Patients were solicited from 3 urban hospitals serving patients primarily supported by public funding. Results of the present study with 1182 mother-infant pairs confirmed that 5 variables scored on a 0-2 scale (maternal age, previous breastfeeding experience, latching difficulty, breastfeeding interval, number bottles) remained highly significant for predicting discontinuation of breastfeeding. The data also demonstrate that the BAS is inversely related to the risk of cessation of breastfeeding at 7 to 10 days of age. Those at an early risk of cessation of breastfeeding, identified by the BAS, may benefit from early identification and a lactation consultation.

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