The effect of lactation consultant contact on early breastfeeding problems
AuthorWambach, Karen Ann
AdvisorKay, Margarita A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis quasi-experimental study, using Orem's Nursing Systems Construct as a theoretical base, was conducted to determine the effects of education and support given by a lactation consultant on early breastfeeding problem incidence and resolution. Mothers were recruited in the hospital and interviewed by telephone two to three weeks postpartum to determine problem incidence, rate of resolution, perception of the problems' interference, self-care measures, and support network characteristics. The study sample consisted of 16 first-time breastfeeding mothers placed in naturally occurring experimental (n = 7) and control (n = 9) groups. The groups did not differ significantly in age, education, ethnicity, mode of birth, or presence of a support person in the home. The groups did not differ significantly in number of problems, problem resolution length, or perceptions regarding problems' severity. A significant difference was found in the use of formula supplements, with the control group using supplementation more than the experimental group.
Degree ProgramGraduate College