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Breastfeeding in Preterm and Term Twins-Maternal Factors Associated With Early Cessation: A Population-Based Study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm , Center for Clinical Research Dalarna. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Barnendokrinologisk forskning/Gustafsson)
2010 (English)In: Journal of Human Lactation, ISSN 0890-3344, E-ISSN 1552-5732, Vol. 26, no 3, 235-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To investigate the duration of breastfeeding and the impact of maternal factors for cessation of breastfeeding in twin infants, the authors undertook a population-based cohort study. Breastfeeding data obtained from Child Health Centres were matched with data on infant and maternal demographics from Swedish national registers. A total of 1.657 twins were included, of whom 695 were born preterm. Breastfeeding frequencies in preterm twins were 79% at 2 months, 58% at 4 months, 39% at 6 months, 14% at 9 months, and 6% at 12 months. In term twins, the corresponding frequencies were 84%, 63%, 45%, 18%, and 6%, respectively. In both preterm and term mothers, mothers who had a lower educational level or smoked at first antenatal care visit were subject to earlier cessation of breastfeeding by 6 months of age. In addition, in mothers of term infants, mothers who were < 23 years old or primiparous had a higher risk for cessation of breastfeeding before 6 months. Thus, mothers of twins have a good potential to breastfeed, but additional support is needed for those more susceptible to early cessation of breastfeeding.

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2010. Vol. 26, no 3, 235-241 p.
Keyword [en]
multiple births, breastfeeding duration, premature infants, breastfeeding cessation, Sweden, long-term breastfeeding
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134971DOI: 10.1177/0890334409359627ISI: 000280644200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134971DiVA: diva2:375063
Available from: 2010-12-07 Created: 2010-12-03 Last updated: 2011-01-16Bibliographically approved

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