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Factors influencing a mother's choice of feeding after discharge of her baby from a neonatal unit.
S Afr Med J 2002; 92(8):634-7SA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To assess feeding methods chosen by mothers of babies who spent time in a neonatal unit. Factors influencing this decision were investigated.

DESIGN

Descriptive study.

METHODS

Mothers were interviewed on the day they took their babies home. Basic demographic data on mother and baby were collected from the hospital records.

SETTING

The neonatal unit, Pelonomi Hospital, Bloemfontein from May 1996 to May 1998.

SUBJECTS

Eighty-one mothers of babies admitted to the neonatal unit.

OUTCOME MEASURES

At discharge 60% of mothers intended to breast-feed their babies exclusively the next day. The mother's decision to breast-feed her baby at home was significantly associated with her decision before delivery (P = 0.0050). Other factors positively associated with the decision to breast-feed exclusively at home were a significantly higher birth weight of the baby (P < 0.0008) and gestational age of the baby (P < 0.0005). The only hospital practice positively associated with this decision was the frequency with which mothers saw their babies during their stay in the unit (P = 0.0153). Mothers' knowledge of how to increase breast-milk supply was very poor.

CONCLUSIONS

Infants with a lower weight and gestational age, who stayed in the unit longer, were less likely to be breast-fed after discharge from the neonatal unit. The mothers' experience in the unit did not seem to alter their choice of feeding method decided upon before delivery. This suggests that efforts to promote breast-feeding in the neonatal unit were either ineffectual or inadequate. In order to remedy this situation it is necessary to keep the mother-infant pair together (lodger mothers) and to promote breast-feeding before and after delivery. It would also be necessary to train staff in the management of lactation problems.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Paediatrics, Pelonomi Hospital, Bloemfontein.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12244625

Citation

Hallbauer, U, et al. "Factors Influencing a Mother's Choice of Feeding After Discharge of Her Baby From a Neonatal Unit." South African Medical Journal = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde, vol. 92, no. 8, 2002, pp. 634-7.
Hallbauer U, Grobler JM, Niemand I. Factors influencing a mother's choice of feeding after discharge of her baby from a neonatal unit. S Afr Med J. 2002;92(8):634-7.
Hallbauer, U., Grobler, J. M., & Niemand, I. (2002). Factors influencing a mother's choice of feeding after discharge of her baby from a neonatal unit. South African Medical Journal = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde, 92(8), pp. 634-7.
Hallbauer U, Grobler JM, Niemand I. Factors Influencing a Mother's Choice of Feeding After Discharge of Her Baby From a Neonatal Unit. S Afr Med J. 2002;92(8):634-7. PubMed PMID: 12244625.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Factors influencing a mother's choice of feeding after discharge of her baby from a neonatal unit. AU - Hallbauer,U, AU - Grobler,J M, AU - Niemand,I, PY - 2002/9/25/pubmed PY - 2002/10/10/medline PY - 2002/9/25/entrez SP - 634 EP - 7 JF - South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde JO - S. Afr. Med. J. VL - 92 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To assess feeding methods chosen by mothers of babies who spent time in a neonatal unit. Factors influencing this decision were investigated. DESIGN: Descriptive study. METHODS: Mothers were interviewed on the day they took their babies home. Basic demographic data on mother and baby were collected from the hospital records. SETTING: The neonatal unit, Pelonomi Hospital, Bloemfontein from May 1996 to May 1998. SUBJECTS: Eighty-one mothers of babies admitted to the neonatal unit. OUTCOME MEASURES: At discharge 60% of mothers intended to breast-feed their babies exclusively the next day. The mother's decision to breast-feed her baby at home was significantly associated with her decision before delivery (P = 0.0050). Other factors positively associated with the decision to breast-feed exclusively at home were a significantly higher birth weight of the baby (P < 0.0008) and gestational age of the baby (P < 0.0005). The only hospital practice positively associated with this decision was the frequency with which mothers saw their babies during their stay in the unit (P = 0.0153). Mothers' knowledge of how to increase breast-milk supply was very poor. CONCLUSIONS: Infants with a lower weight and gestational age, who stayed in the unit longer, were less likely to be breast-fed after discharge from the neonatal unit. The mothers' experience in the unit did not seem to alter their choice of feeding method decided upon before delivery. This suggests that efforts to promote breast-feeding in the neonatal unit were either ineffectual or inadequate. In order to remedy this situation it is necessary to keep the mother-infant pair together (lodger mothers) and to promote breast-feeding before and after delivery. It would also be necessary to train staff in the management of lactation problems. SN - 0256-9574 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12244625/Factors_influencing_a_mother's_choice_of_feeding_after_discharge_of_her_baby_from_a_neonatal_unit_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/breastfeeding.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -