Midwives' reported practice supporting the first breastfeed

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Title Midwives' reported practice supporting the first breastfeed
Author Cooke, Marie; Cantrill, Ruth M.; Creedy, Debra K.
Journal Name Maternal & Child Nutrition
Editor Peter Aggett and Victoria Hall Moran
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract usually support mothers and newborns with the first breastfeed. The aim of this paper is to explore midwives reported practice, assisting mothers initiate breastfeeding in the birthing room.A self-report questionnaire that included open-ended questions was mailed to a national sample of Australian midwives.Open-ended responses to questions related to a birthing room practice scenario were analysed using content analysis to facilitate thematic description. Midwives reported that at the immediate time of birth, they offered support and choice to mothers. The midwives also identified that their practice was often impacted on by workplace structures and these were often barriers to their role at this time. Some midwives indicated that they would use 'hands-off' approach at birth, although others indicated ways in which they would intervene including some who reported a 'hands-on' approach to assist mothers with the first breastfeed as soon as possible after birth. Lactation education support for midwives is required to change workplace culture and improve practice. More research is needed to establish best practice to support mothers with the first breastfeed. It could be that some level of 'hands-on' help provided skillfully may be effective. More research is needed to investigate the effect of 'hands-on' help described by skillful experienced midwives, and association with sustained problem free breastfeeding.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1740-8709.2008.00173.x
Volume 5
Issue Number 4
Page from 334
Page to 346
ISSN 1740-8709
Date Accessioned 2009-11-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Midwifery
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29104
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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