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Breastfeed Med. 2011 Aug;6(4):205-8. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2010.0092. Epub 2011 Jun 1.

Relationship of lower breastfeeding score and problems in infancy.

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Unit of Social Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Samanpazari 06100, Ankara, Turkey. siyalcin@hacettepe.edu.tr

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND METHODS:

We undertook a descriptive study in 2-month-old healthy infants to determine the factors that affect breastfeeding score. Mother's breastfeeding was evaluated and scored according to the World Health Organization/UNICEF B-R-E-A-S-T Feeding Observation Form.

RESULTS:

The breastfeeding score (BFS) was higher in female than male babies (p=0.005). The babies with regurgitation had lower BFS than the babies without (p=0.016). The BFS was lower in babies who had repeated, without cause, inconsolable crying than in those without such crying (p<0.004). When the crying was problematic for the family, BFS was lower (p=0.028). Babies who had another sibling with a history of colic had a lower BFS (p=0.038). A low BFS was associated with short duration of night sleeping (p=0.032).

CONCLUSIONS:

A decreased BFS may be a risk factor or indicator for infant crying, regurgitation, and short sleeping duration. As a result, tracking the BFS and appropriate breastfeeding intervention during the newborn period may assist in decreasing the frequency of regurgitation and infant crying.

PMID:
21631251
DOI:
10.1089/bfm.2010.0092
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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