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Factors Associated With Exclusive Breastfeeding 2 to 4 Weeks Following Discharge From a Large, Urban, Academic Medical Center Striving for Baby-Friendly Designation

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Substantial evidence documents the superiority of breastfeeding for mothers and breastmilk for babies. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Healthy People 2010 initiative promote breastfeeding, current breastfeeding rates often fall short of recommendations. This study determined factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding 2 to 4 weeks following discharge from a large, urban, academic medical center striving for Baby-Friendly designation. Results indicated that mothers who breastfed within the first hour of birth (61%) were significantly more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding 2 to 4 weeks after discharge. Incorporating care practices that include a number of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” as recommended by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, may increase the duration of exclusive breastfeeding after discharge.

Keywords: Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding; exclusive breastfeeding; skin to skin

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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