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POSTPARTUM CONCERNS OF BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

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  • Patricia Graef MSN,

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      7 Penn Tower, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 34th and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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    • Patricia Graef received B.S.N. Ed., and M.S.N. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Diploma in Nursing from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently an Ob/Neonatal Staff Development Instructor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Kay McGhee MSN,

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    • Kay McGhee is a Staff Nurse on the labor floor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received a M.S.N. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S.N. degree at Widener University.

  • Jane Rozycki MSN,

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    • Jane Rozycki received a M.S.N. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S.N. degree at Thomas Jefferson University. She is presently an Instructor in Nursing at Gwynedd-Mercy College.

  • Diane Fescina-Jones MSN,

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    • Diane Fescina-Jones is Head Nurse in the Mother-Infant Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received M.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Julia Ann Clark CNM, MSN,

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    • Julia Ann Clark received an M.S.N. degree from Columbia University, and a B.S.N. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently a Lecturer/Clinical Specialist in the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Joyce Thompson CNM, DrPH,

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    • Joyce Thompson, F.A.A.N., is an Associate Professor and Director, Nurse Midwifery Program at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. She practices Nurse-Midwifery at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She received her Dr.P.H. from Columbia University, M.P.H. and B.S.N. from the University of Michigan.

  • Dorothy Brooten PhD, RN

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    • Dorothy Brooten, F.A.A.N., received Ph.D., M.S.N., and B.S.N. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She is presently the Chairperson of the Health Care of Women and the Childbearing Family Section, as well as the Director of the Perinatal Nursing Graduate Program at the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania.


7 Penn Tower, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 34th and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to identify postpartum concerns of breastfeeding mothers from hospital discharge through the first month postpartum. The sample (N = 32) consisted of first time breastfeeding mothers with uncomplicated vaginal deliveries who planned to breastfeed for at least one month. Subjects were telephoned daily for the first two weeks and twice a week for the third and fourth weeks post-hospital discharge. During the study period, 97% of the mothers reported concerns regarding their infant (210 total concerns), 81% reported concerns about themselves (237 total concerns), and only 19% reported concerns about interactions with family or friends (15 total concerns).

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