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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1997 May-Jun;26(3):289-94.

Breastfeeding incidence after early discharge and factors influencing breastfeeding cessation.

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Neonatal Intesive-Care Unit, Waukesha Memorial Hospital's Birthing Center, WI, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine if the incidence of breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks postpartum differs for a mother who had a (usual) 48-hour length of hospital stay versus a mother with a (shortened) 24-hour length of stay and what factors influenced the change from breastfeeding to bottle feeding.

DESIGN:

A descriptive two-group survey.

PARTICIPANTS:

A convenience sample of 101 primiparous breastfeeding women who had vaginal deliveries of healthy newborns and were between 6 and 8 weeks postpartum.

OUTCOME MEASURE:

The incidence of breast and bottle feeding at 6 to 8 weeks postpartum and what perceived factors influenced the decision to change to bottle feeding.

CONCLUSIONS:

No difference was found in the incidence of breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks postpartum for mothers who had a 48-hour length of stay versus mothers who had a 24-hour length of stay with a home visit. Additional studies of the factors influencing change from breast to bottle feeding should be conducted.

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