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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 25, No. 3, 2007, pp. 382-386
Bioline Code: hn07050
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2007, pp. 382-386

 en Assessment of Effects of Pre- and Post-training Programme for Healthcare Professionals About Breastfeeding
Kutlu, Ruhuşen; Kara, Fatih; Durduran, Yasemin; Marakoglu, Kamile & Çivi, Selma


This retrospective study assessed the effects of pre- and post-training programme for healthcare professionals about breastfeeding. The study included 3,114 mothers who had children aged 1-72 month(s). Their knowledge and behaviours relating to breastfeeding were evaluated. The mothers were randomly divided into two groups: the ‘before’ group included 2,000 women who were not informed about breastfeeding, and the ‘after’ group comprised 1,114 women who had been informed about breastfeeding. 56.2% and 66.1% of the mothers started breastfeeding within 30 minutes after delivery, respectively, in the before and the after group (x2=29.31, p<0.001). 16.7% and 36.5% gave exclusive breastfeeding for six months (x2=72.85, p<0.001), and 28.5% and 23.7% stopped breastfeeding within the first five months (x2=17.20, p=0.002). Ninety-four percent delivered in a hospital or in a primary healthcare centre.Therefore, prenatal and postnatal breastfeeding education and support courses may improve a woman’s chance of starting and continuing to breastfeed her baby. In terms of the number of antenatal check-ups, since the differences between the two groups were significant (x2=390.67, p=0.000), the importance of the training programme about breastfeeding was highlighted. Follow-up interventions after training are suggested.

Breastfeeding; Impact studies; Retrospective Studies; Training; Turkey

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