Effect of baby-led self-attachment breastfeeding technique in the postpartum period on breastfeeding rates: A randomized study

Caixin Yin, Xi Su, Qiuxia Liang, Fei Wan Ngai (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effects of a baby-led self-attachment breastfeeding support intervention on the prevalence and duration of exclusive breastfeeding and nipple pain at 3 days, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months postpartum among Chinese mothers. Materials and Methods: A randomized study was conducted with 504 mother-infant dyads allocated to the baby-led self-attachment breastfeeding support intervention (n = 251) and standard postpartum care (n = 253). Data on the prevalence and duration of exclusive breastfeeding and nipple pain were collected at 3 days, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postpartum. Results: Mothers in the intervention group were significantly more likely exclusively breastfeeding at 3 days (mean difference = 12.1%, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 3.9-20.2%, p = 0.004) and 6 months postpartum (mean difference = 17.8%, 95% CI: 8.3-27.4%, p < 0.001). They were less likely to stop breastfeeding over the 6-month period, compared with the control group (Hazard ratio = 0.65; 95% CI: 0.49-0.87). They were also less likely to experience nipple pain at 3 days (mean difference = -8.1%, 95% CI: -15.9 to -0.4%, p = 0.04) and 3 months postpartum (mean difference = -4.9%, 95% CI: -8.7 to -1.2%, p = 0.01). Conclusions: The baby-led self-attachment breastfeeding support is clinically effective in increasing the prevalence and duration of exclusive breastfeeding and reducing nipple pain among Chinese mothers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-740
Number of pages7
JournalBreastfeeding Medicine
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • baby-led
  • breastfeeding
  • self-attachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Health Policy
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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