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P R Health Sci J. 2009 Dec;28(4):340-4.

Exploratory study: barriers for initiation and/or discontinuation of breastfeeding in mothers of children with Down syndrome.

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Maternal & Child Health Program, School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The aim of the study is to identify the barriers associated with breastfeeding in mothers of Puerto Rican children with Down.

METHOD:

A non-probabilistic sample (n = 26) of mothers was used in the study. The sample was obtained in an institution in Puerto Rico specializing in care of infants with Down Syndrome [IDS]. A self-administered questionnaire was used consisting of six sections. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis.

RESULTS:

The majority of interviewed mothers (80.8%) had 70.0% or higher correct answers regarding the benefits of breastfeeding. 84.6% of the mothers who decided not to breastfeed or who discontinued breastfeeding reported as the main reason that the baby presented sucking problems and 50.0% of the participants were not allowed to have their baby with them during their stay in the hospital. 84.3% of the participants indicated having breastfed their IDS and 61.5% stated that they would not breastfeed in public places.

CONCLUSION:

Active support, instruction, and collaboration among members of the health care team are essential for breastfeeding success.

PMID:
19999242
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