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OP-089 Factors affecting early breastfeeding success
  1. Busra Nukhet Pehlivanoglu
  1. University of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Cemil Tascioglu Training and Research Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, İstanbul, Turkey


Aim Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour following birth was recommended by worldhealth organization to provide breastmilk as the most valuable nutrition to the newborn, whileachieving a successful mother to newborn direct skin contact. Several factors including; skinto skin contact (SSC), anxiety, type of delivery and presence of mother’s depressive moodwere reported to influence early breastfeeding’s success. The aim of the present study was toevaluate the aforementioned factors’ influence to early breatfeeding success.

Material and Method The present study was conducted in the newborn ward of a single secondary health careinstitution between 08–09.2021 on 57 primipar puerperal women. Following data wererecorded and analyzed: Age of the puerperal women, birth week-weight-gender of thenewborn, educational level of the mother, history of regular Ob/Gyn follow-up, history of anyprior abortus, presence of SSC up to the second hour following birth, APGAR scores at the 1 stand 5 th minutes, Beck anxiety inventory. SPSS 21 was used for statistical analysis.

Results Among 57 puerperal women, parameters including: history of regular Ob/Gyn follow-up, presence of and SSC up to the second hour following birth and stage of anxiety were noted toprovide early breastfeeding success with high statistical significance. APGAR scores at 1 stminutes and absence of prior abortus were also associated with early breastfeeding success, while the compared data was not statistically significant.

Conclusions Many factors were reported to influence the early breastfeeding success. It should be emphasized, that most of these factors are correctable. The present study underlined, that to achieve early breastfeeding success, it is crucial to assure SSC of the mother and newborn immediately after the birth, in addition to the reassurance of a comfortable hospital environment to puerperal women, together with psychological support during post-partum period, when needed, because lowering the levels of anxiety promotes early breastfeeding success, as well.

  • breastfeeding
  • skin to skin contact
  • Beck anxiety inventory
  • Ob/Gyn follow-up
  • post-partum period

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