Journal article

Infant feeding practices in the first 24-48h of life in healthy term infants

HM Johns, DA Forster, LH Amir, AM Moorhead, KM McEgan, HL McLachlan

ACTA PAEDIATRICA | WILEY | Published : 2013


AIM: To examine in-hospital infant feeding practices, focusing on initiation and prevalence of breastmilk expression and to describe the proportion of women having a breast pump immediately after birth. METHODS: Postpartum women were recruited from three hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, between 2009 and 2011. INCLUSION CRITERIA: having had a healthy singleton term infant, intending to breastfeed and fluency in English. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire. RESULTS: Just over 1000 women were recruited at 24-48 h postpartum; 50% were primiparous. Forty-seven per cent of infants had been fully breastfeeding at the breast from birth, and another 47% had received at least some e..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The women who participated in the study, the midwives and other hospital staff who facilitated recruitment, research midwives, research assistants, Christine Scott, Nurse Unit Manager, Frances Perry House and the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University for funding.