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Publication Date

September 1, 2008


Journal Article

Prenatal Breastfeeding Education and Breastfeeding Outcomes

By Rosen I, Kruger M, Carney L, Graham J


Purpose: To examine the impact of various breastfeeding outcomes of three cohorts receiving different methods of prenatal breastfeeding education.

Methods: Retrospective cohort design with patients attending a breastfeeding education class at an Army medical center. Controls were matched for sponsor rank, marital status, and smoking status. One hundred ninety-four mothers who expressed intent to breastfeed received breastfeeding education as follows: (a) a class that used video demonstration and group teaching by a lactation consultant, (b) a new mothers‘ support group with one-on-one teaching prenatally and weekly meetings postpartum, taught by a lactation consultant and a pediatrician, and (c) a control group educated at prenatal visits only. Descriptive statistics, chi-square, ANOVA, unpaired t test, and logistic regression were used to analyze the data.

Results: Women who attended prenatal breastfeeding classes had significantly increased breastfeeding at 6 months when compared to controls (p = .01). There was no significant difference in rates between types of classes offered (p = .45).

Clinical Implications: Prenatal breastfeeding education can influence the amount of time women breastfeed. All providers of prenatal care should consider offering such classes in order to improve breastfeeding rates.

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Date Added
March 16, 2018

Rosen I, Kruger M, Carney L, Graham J (2008) Prenatal Breastfeeding Education and Breastfeeding Outcomes. MCN: The American Journal Of Maternal/Child Nursing: Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 315-319. Available online: https://insights.ovid.com/crossref?an=00005721-200809000-00012