Use of baby carriers to increase breastfeeding duration among term-infants: the effects of an educational intervention in Italy
Acta Pediatrica, 06/29/2012
Pisacane A et al. – These finding seem to suggest that the use of baby carriers in healthy term infants during their first month is associated with increased breastfeeding duration.Methods
- Prospective cohort study. Two hundred mothers with healthy term infants were assigned to receive either a baby carrier and some accurate information and training about the use thereof or only information about breastfeeding.
- Study groups were followed by phone interviews.
- Out of the 100 mothers to whom baby carriers were provided, 69 utilized it for at least 1 hour per day during the first month of life, whilst 31 did not use it at all.
- While breastfeeding rates were similar in both intervention and control groups at discharge from the maternity ward, mothers in the intervention group scored significantly higher with their infants at two (72% vs 51%) and at five months of age (48% vs 24%), respectively.
- The intervention group infants were breast fed significantly more frequently than those of the control group.