Evaluation of Efficient Post Natal Breastfeeding Conditons of Mothers

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Saadet Yazici, PhD
Department of Midwifery, Istanbul University Faculty of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey
Sevil Inal
Istanbul University Health Science Faculty, Midwifery Departmant, Istanbul University, Health Science Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey
Hatice Safak
Women Health, Ministry of Health Bakirköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
Neriman Teker
Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

Learning Objective 1: Aiming efficient post natal brestfeeding conditions of mothers

Learning Objective 2: Observationin breastfeeding(Each mother and baby)


This study is a descriptive and cross sectional research aiming to evaluate efficient post natal brestfeeding conditions of mothers.


This study was conducted within three-months period (March, April and May 2011) in T.C. Ministry of Health Bakirköy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic (137) and Istanbul University Cerrahpaþa Faculty of Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics Clinic (161). The sampling comprised mothers of age 18 and above who gave birth within three-months period and consented to participate and babies having birth weights of 2500 g and above and 5-minute APGAR scores of 8 and above (N=298).

To collect data, questionnaires consisting of 25 questions prepared by researchers according to the literature were filled by mothers during face to face interviews and LATCH brestfeeding diagnosis and measurement tool was used for observations during brestfeeding.
SPSS Package program was used to evaluate data. Percentage, average, t test and ANOVA were used for statistical analysis of findings.


Findings: it is seen that average age of the mothers in the sampling is 28.04±5.91 (minimum 17 and maximum 45) and average 5-minute APGAR score of babies is 9.16 ±07.1 (minimum 4 and maximum 10). Total LATCH point is found to be 8.36±1.57. Statistically meaningful relationships are determined to exist between total LATCH point and education levels of mothers ( F=5.18,p˂0.05), number of pregnancies ( F=4.57, p˂0.05), 1-minute APGAR score(t=2.052, p˂0.05) and between two hospitals(t= -4.88,p˂0.01).  


Our findings show LATCH brestfeeding diagnosis and measurement tool can be used to re-evaluate brestfeeding prior to mother's discharge.