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Positive Effect of Kangaroo Mother Care on Long-Term Breastfeeding in Very Preterm Infants
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, ISSN 0884-2175, E-ISSN 1552-6909, Vol. 40, no 2, 190-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective

To investigate the use of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) and its association with breastfeeding at 1 to 6 months of corrected age in mothers of very preterm (VPT) and preterm (PT) infants.

Design

Prospective longitudinal study.

Setting

Neonatal Intensive Care Units in four counties in Sweden.

Participants

The study included 103 VPT (< 32 gestational weeks) and 197 PT (32-36 gestational weeks) singleton infants and their mothers.

Methods

Data on KMC, measured in duration of skin-to-skin contact/day during all days admitted to a neonatal unit, were collected using self-reports from the parents. Data on breastfeeding were obtained by telephone interviews.

Results

VPT dyads that breastfed at 1, 2, 5, and 6 months had spent more time in KMC per day than those not breastfeeding at these times. A trend toward significance was noted at 3 and 4 months. In the PT dyads no statistically significant differences were found in the amount of KMC per day between those dyads that breastfed and those that did not.

Conclusions

This study shows the importance of KMC during hospital stay for breastfeeding duration in VPT dyads. Hence, KMC has empowering effects on the process of breastfeeding, especially in those dyads with the smallest and most vulnerable infants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 40, no 2, 190-197 p.
Keyword [en]
breastfeeding, infant, Kangaroo Mother Care, neonatal care, neonatal intensive care unit, preterm, skin-to-skin
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152791DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01226.xISI: 000288500200011PubMedID: 21410756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152791DiVA: diva2:414039
Available from: 2011-05-02 Created: 2011-05-02 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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