Effects of support on the initiation and duration of breastfeeding

Sara L. Gill, Elizabeth Reifsnider, Joseph F. Lucke

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Researchers attempted to increase the initiation of breastfeeding and its duration to 6 months among a group of low-income, Hispanic women through an intervention program which included prenatal education and home based postpartum support. All participants were telephoned after delivery to determine infant feeding method. Duration of breastfeeding was determined by counting the number of days from initiation to the last day the baby was put to the breast. The Bayesian approach was used for the statistical analyses. In the intervention group, the propensity to initiate breastfeeding exceeded that of the control group. Results indicate the intervention group had twice (2.31) the odds of starting breastfeeding, twice (1.84-3.15) the odds of continuing to breastfeed for 6 months, and only half (.50-.54) the tendency to quit at any one time than did the control group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-723
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Breastfeeding
  • Home support
  • Infant nutrition
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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