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OP-096 Assessment of relactation center outcomes in Ankara: an outpatient clinic experience
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  1. Melda Tas,
  2. Nihal Ozkan,
  3. Canan Turkyilmaz,
  4. Ibrahim Murat Hirfanoglu,
  5. Esra Onal,
  6. Ebru Ergenekon,
  7. Esin Koc
  1. Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract

Aim The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a relactation program in an outpatient clinic setting in Ankara, Turkey. It focuses on understanding the prevalence of lactation problems among participants (like mastitis), and overall success rates in breastfeeding following intervention.

Material and Method This retrospective study was conducted in a primary outpatient relactation clinic. Data were collected from medical records, documenting lactation problems, instances of mastitis, abscess, and the eventual success of breastfeeding post-intervention. The study employed quantitative data analyzing the success rates and prevalence of lactation issues.

Results During the study period, 90 mothers applied to the relactation center. The mean maternal age was 31±4.55 years. 56 (62.2%) of the patients had undergone cesarean section. The mean day of the baby at presentation to the center was 33 days. There were three twins and one triplet. The most common problems experienced were breast fullness 51 (56%), mastitis 31 (34.4%), abscess 11 (12.2%). Eighty-four patients required medical or interventional treatment or suggestion. Eleven (12.2%) patients underwent USG-guided diagnostic, and 7 (7.7%) patients underwent surgical drainage. Five (5.6%) patients required more than one intervention. Post-intervention, approximately eighty-four (94.4%) of mothers successfully resumed regular breastfeeding. The quantitative outcomes showed a notable decrease in lactation problems and instances of mastitis at the follow-up. Qualitatively, mothers reported improved confidence in breastfeeding, with the majority expressing satisfaction with the support and guidance received from the clinic.

Conclusions This program demonstrated a positive impact on resolving lactation problems and promoting successful breastfeeding. The findings suggest the need for such specialized programs to address specific lactation issues and support mothers in their breastfeeding journey. A personalized approach and ongoing support are critical factors in the successful resumption of breastfeeding. Future recommendations include expanding access to similar services and increasing awareness about the management of common lactation problems, such as mastitis.

  • breastfeeding
  • relactation

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