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Am J Public Health. 1997 Apr;87(4):659-63.

The effectiveness of a hospital-based program to promote exclusive breast-feeding among low-income women in Brazil.

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Wellstart International, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the effectiveness of a hospital program to promote exclusive breast-feeding in Santos, Brazil.

METHODS:

In a prospective design, women who delivered at a hospital with an active breast-feeding promotion program (n = 236) were compared with women who delivered at a nearby control hospital (n = 206).

RESULTS:

The two groups had similar demographic characteristics and previous breast-feeding histories. Exposure to breast-feeding activities, assessed by maternal recall prior to discharge, was universally high at the program hospital and universally low at the control hospital. Multivariate survival analysis showed that exclusive breast-feeding lasted 53 days longer among women who delivered at the program hospital.

CONCLUSIONS:

Hospital-based breast-feeding promotion programs may be effective in extending the duration of exclusive breast-feeding.

PMID:
9146449
PMCID:
PMC1380850
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.87.4.659
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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