Ostlund, A., Nordstrom, M., Dykes, F. and Flacking, R. (2010) Breastfeeding in Preterm and Term Twins--Maternal Factors Associated With Early Cessation: A Population-Based Study. Journal of Human Lactation, 26 (3). pp. 235-241. ISSN 0890-3344
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890334409359627
To investigate the duration of breastfeeding and the impact of maternal factors for cessation of breastfeeding in twin infants, the authors undertook a population-based cohort study. Breastfeeding data obtained from Child Health Centres were matched with data on infant and maternal demographics from Swedish national registers. A total of 1.657 twins were included, of whom 695 were born preterm. Breastfeeding frequencies in preterm twins were 79% at 2 months, 58% at 4 months, 39% at 6 months, 14% at 9 months, and 6% at 12 months. In term twins, the corresponding frequencies were 84%, 63%, 45%, 18%, and 6%, respectively. In both preterm and term mothers, mothers who had a lower educational level or smoked at first antenatal care visit were subject to earlier cessation of breastfeeding by 6 months of age. In addition, in mothers of term infants, mothers who were < 23 years old or primiparous had a higher risk for cessation of breastfeeding before 6 months. Thus, mothers of twins have a good potential to breastfeed, but additional support is needed for those more susceptible to early cessation of breastfeeding.
|Subjects:||Medicine & dentistry > Medicine & dentistry not elsewhere classified|
|Schools:||College of Health and Wellbeing > School of Community Health and Midwifery|
|Deposited By:||Cathy Lennon|
|Deposited On:||20 Dec 2011 16:29|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:25|
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