An evaluation of a telephone-based postnatal support intervention for infant feeding in a regional Australian city

Fallon, Anthony Bruce and Hegney, Desley and O'Brien, Maxine and Brodribb, Wendy and Crepinsek, Maree and Doolan, Jackie (2005) An evaluation of a telephone-based postnatal support intervention for infant feeding in a regional Australian city. Birth: Issues In Perinatal Care, 32 (4). pp. 291-298. ISSN 0730-7659

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Abstract

Background: Postnatal breastfeeding support in the form of home visits is difficult to accommodate in regional Australia, where hospitals often deal with harsh economic constraints in a context where they are required to provide services to geographically dispersed consumers. This study evaluated a predominately telephone-based support service called the Infant Feeding Support Service. Methods: A prospective cohort design was used to compare data for 696 women giving birth in two regional hospitals (one public, one private) and participating in the support service between January and July 2003 with data from a cohort of 625 women who gave birth in those hospitals before the introduction of the support service. Each mother participating in the support service was assigned a lactation consultant. First contact occurred 48 hours after discharge, and approximately weekly thereafter for 4 weeks. Breastfeeding duration was measured at 3 months postpartum. Results: For women from the private hospital, the support service improved exclusive breastfeeding duration to 4.5 weeks postpartum, but these improvements were not evident at 3 months postpartum. No effects were observed for mothers from the public hospital. Quantitative and qualitative data demonstrated high levels of client satisfaction with the support service. Conclusions: This small-scale, predominately telephone-based intervention provided significant, although apparently context-sensitive, improvements to exclusive breastfeeding duration


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 10:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; breast feeding; clinical trial; intervention study; methodology; multicenter study; patient education; patient satisfaction; postnatal care; private hospital; prospective study; public hospital; telephone
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Women's Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.0730-7659.2005.00386.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/771

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