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Journal of Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing 1997;3(2):241-252.
The Effect of a Breastfeeding Educational Program on Feeding Behavior
Nam, E S
Department of Nursing, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of an educational program on parturient women's feeding behavior One hundred and twenty seven mothers who delivered in one general hospital in Seoul participated in the study, 66 mothers of whom were assigned to experimental group and 61, to control group. The data collection was done from April 20 to June 30 in 1997 and the educational program was applied to the experimental group on the third postpartum day and telephone calls were made on the fourth and the twelfth postpartum week to investigate feeding behavior after discharge. The collected data were analyzed by means of Chi-square test and descriptive statistics. The results are as follows : 1. Breast-feeding rate of the experimental group was higher than that of the control group(x2=6.578, p=.043). 2. Background variables affecting feeding behavior were age and feeding plan(age: x2=8.660, p=.070, feeding plan : x2=25.762, p=.000). 3. The insufficient milk supply was the main cause of discontinuing breast-feeding and others were mother's job, baby's jaundice and diarrhea, baby's refusal to suck breastmilk. In conclusion, the breast-feeding educational program which was applied in this study is effective in the promotion of breast-feeding.


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