Health Promot Perspect. 2014;4(2): 132-136.
doi: 10.5681/hpp.2014.017
PMID: 25649998
PMCID: PMC4300437
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Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration in First-Time Mothers: Ex­ploring the Impact of Father Involvement in the Early Post-Partum Period

Theresa Hunter*, Georg’ann Cattelona


Background: The early post-partum period is a crucial time for breastfeeding support. Mothers who have physical and emotional support during this period are more likely to be successful in breastfeeding. This study examined the rela­tionship between father involvement and support for breast feeding initiation and duration in first-time mothers. Methods: Overall, 146 women who attended a childbirth education class or breastfeeding course at BABS were asked to fill out the Childbirth Experiences Survey, which explored key topics such as (1) breastfeeding initiation, (2) early post-partum breastfeeding, (3) breastfeeding plan, (4) post-partum breastfeeding support and (5) breast feeding duration. This was a voluntary self-reported ques­tionnaire. The surveys were completed by the mothers during the post-partum period. Results: 45.9% (n=67) of mothers received helped from their husband or part­ner with breastfeeding while in the hospital, while 54.1% (n=79) of mothers did not receive support from their partners. Mothers who received early post-par­tum breastfeeding support were more likely to continue breastfeeding after leaving the hospital. Conclusion: First-time mothers who identified as having breastfeeding support from their partners, the infant’s father, during the early post-partum period were more likely to initiate breastfeeding and had longer breastfeeding durations. 
Keywords: Breastfeeding, Father involvement, Early post-partum
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Submitted: 29 Jan 2014
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