The impact of community health professional contact postpartum on breastfeeding at 3 months: a cross-sectional retrospective study

Brodribb, Wendy E. and Miller, Yvette D. (2013) The impact of community health professional contact postpartum on breastfeeding at 3 months: a cross-sectional retrospective study. Maternal Child Health Journal, Online First 1-8. doi:10.1007/s10995-013-1398-3

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Author Brodribb, Wendy E.
Miller, Yvette D.
Title The impact of community health professional contact postpartum on breastfeeding at 3 months: a cross-sectional retrospective study
Journal name Maternal Child Health Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1092-7875
1573-6628
Publication date 2013-11-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1398-3
Open Access Status
Volume Online First
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study investigated the effect of any health professional contact and the types of contact new mothers received in the first 10 days post-discharge on breastfeeding rates at 3 months. This cross-sectional retrospective self-report survey was distributed to women who birthed in Queensland, Australia between 1st February and 31st May 2010 at 4–5 months postpartum. Data were collected on pregnancy, birth, postpartum care and infant feeding. Logistic regression was used to assess the relationship between health professional contact and breastfeeding at 3 months. Data were analysed by birthing facility sector because of significant differences between sectors in health professional contact. The study cohort consisted of 6,852 women. Women in the public sector were more likely to be visited at home than women birthing in the private sector. Any health professional contact (AOR 1.65 99 % CI 0.98–2.76 public sector, AOR 0.78 99 % CI 0.59–1.03 private sector) and home visits (AOR 1.50 99 % CI 0.89–2.54 public sector, AOR 0.80 99 % CI 0.46–1.39 private sector) were not associated with breastfeeding at 3 months in either sector. A telephone call (AOR 2.07 99 % CI 1.06–4.03) or visit to a general practitioner (GP) (AOR 1.83 99 % CI 1.04–3.21) increased the odds of breastfeeding in public sector women. Health professional contact or home visiting in the first 10 days post-discharge did not have a significant impact on breastfeeding rates at 3 months. Post-discharge telephone contact for all women and opportunities for self-initiated clinic visits for women assessed to be at higher risk of ceasing breastfeeding may be the most effective care.
Keyword Postpartum care
Breastfeeding
Health professional
Community
Home visits
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 November 2013

 
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