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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2013 January-February;172(1-2):67-9

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Childbirth education courses could not effectively train women to breastfeed

Indraccolo U. 1, Brizzi C. 2, Indraccolo S. R. 2

1 C.O.U. of Ginecology and Obstetrics, Civitanova Marche, Italy; 2 Department of Woman’s Health, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


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Aim: Breastfeeding successful is also in relationship with childbirth training education courses, provided by midwives during pregnancy. Those courses are focused on pregnancy, labor, delivery, and breastfeeding. The aim of this paper was to check the goodness of such courses about breastfeeding: it was assessed how many women whit signs and symptoms of mastitis participated to childbirth training education courses.
Results: 80 patients were enrolled. It was found that 62,5% of them participated to childbirth training education courses and 37,5% did not. Thus, an odds ratio of 2,778 (p=0,003) was found for women with mastitis to participate to childbirth training education courses.
Conclusion: This result suggests that childbirth training education courses could not provide appropriate information about breastfeeding. It may be that they focus on labor and delivery mainly. This lack of training may lead to the onset of mastitis and to the discontinuation of breastfeeding.

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