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 and Child Health Journal, 18 7: 1591-1598. doi:10.1007/s10995-013-1398-3


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 and Child Health Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1573-6628
1092-7875
Publication date 2013-11-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1398-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 7
Start page 1591
End page 1598
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 2713 Epidemiology
2735 Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
2729 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
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.
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