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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2006;12(4):495-505.
Study of Growth and Development of Breast-fed Infants and Parenting Experience of their Mothers.
In Soo Kwon, Soo Yeon Lee, Kyoung Seon Baek, Young Ok Yang, Ji Won Lee, Hyang Mi Jung, Jeong Hee Park, Sang Chun Shin
1College of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Koje College, Korea. sylee@koje.ac.kr
3Department of Nursing, Jinju Health College, Korea.
4Goodsamsun Hospital, Korea.
5College of Nursing, Catholi University of Pusan, Korea.
6Department of Nursing, College of Natural Science, Dong-Eui University, Korea.
7Department of Nursing, Masan College, Korea.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to describe growth and development of breast-fed infants and to depict experiences of breastfeeding mothers. METHOD: The data were collected from 145 infants and mothers participating in A Healthy Breastfeeding Infant Contest. The instrument used for this study was a self-report questionnaire completed by the participants and an evaluation record completed by the examiners. RESULTS: The more specific results of the study are as follows: the weight of the infants was much higher than the Korean Standards. The height of infants was not significantly different from the Korean Standards except for 5 month old male infants. The results of Denver II showed all 145 infants were classified as normal. The breastfeeding experiences in mothers was as follows; 31.7% of the mothers breastfed for 5 months, 48.3% wanted to breastfed as long as the baby wanted. The mothers pointed out that the difficult problem in breastfeeding was insufficient breastfeeding room in public areas. What mothers want to know related to breastfeeding was, breastfeeding duration, time to begin solid food and recommended amounts, time to discontinue breastfeeding at sleep time and appropriate methods. CONCLUSION: Mothers' experience in breastfeeding was positive. We should provide mothers a comfortable place in public areas for breastfeeding. Based on the result of the study it's propose that health professionals must intervene in breast care during both antepartum and early postpartum periods.
Key words: Infant; Mothers; Parenting; Breast feeding
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