Breastfeeding promotion in neonatal intensive care unit: Impact of a new program toward a BFHI for high-risk infants

Immacolata Dall'Oglio, Guglielmo Salvatori, Enea Bonci, Barbara Nantini, G. D'Agostino, A. Dotta

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Abstract

Aim: The study evaluates a breastfeeding promotion program in an Italian neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over a period of time. Methods: Clinical data of the newborns admitted in the NICU of the Bambino Gesu' Children's Hospital in Rome in 2002 were gathered (78; program implemented) and were compared to similar data collected in 1998 (76; prior to the program) and in 2000 (50; program activated). Breastfeeding management during hospitalization and infant feeding after discharge were examined through maternal interviews. Results: The general features of the newborns and their parents were comparable. In 2002, the rate of exclusively breastfeeding (at breast and/or expressed mother's milk) the first day at home was 51.2% and 64% in 2000 versus 21.2% in 1998 (p <0.001). In the subset of newborns

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1631
Number of pages6
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Volume96
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation
  • NICU
  • Preterm infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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