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Positive Effect of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiatives on Improving Mothers'Intention for Successful Breastfeeding in Korea

Title
Positive Effect of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiatives on Improving Mothers'Intention for Successful Breastfeeding in Korea
Author
김용주
Keywords
Breastfeeding; Human Milk; Baby-Friendly Hospital
Issue Date
2018-10
Publisher
KOREAN ACAD MEDICAL SCIENCES
Citation
JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE, v. 33, no. 43, Article no. UNSP e272
Abstract
Background: In Korea, the breastfeeding (BF) rate of infants aged 6 months or more is drastically decreasing, and this phenomenon is particularly worrisome for the future health of the population. The present study aimed to identify an antenatal strategy for initiation and continuation of human BF, and to identify how Baby-Friendly Hospitals (BFHs) may positively influence the intention to breastfeed.Methods: A total of414 pregnant Korean antenatal women were surveyed using questionnaires to determine current knowledge of the benefits of human breast milk, whether they planned to breastfeed after delivery, to continue BF after reinstatement in the workforce, are willing to abide by rooming-in care for infants, and plan to give birth at BFHs.Results: We found that planning room-in care, greater awareness of BF benefits for infant and mother, participation in antenatal education programs, and provision of BF facilities in the workplace were positively associated with plans for exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) and longer BF duration. The mothers who planned to give birth at BFHs also desired to breastfeed immediately after birth, implement in-room care, continue BF at their workplace, participate in antenatal BF educational programs, and were more aware of the benefits of BF.Conclusion: If the beneficial effects of BFHs were well known to individuals, these would enhance the success rate of BF in Korea. Antenatal education and consequent acquisition of better knowledge of the benefits of BF are important for increasing the rate of BF practices.
URI
https://jkms.org/DOIx.php?id=10.3346/jkms.2018.33.e272http://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/120261
ISSN
1011-8934; 1598-6357
DOI
10.3346/jkms.2018.33.e272
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