Jill Real Janke graduated from the University of Utah in 1973 with a B.S. in nursing. From 1973 to 1979 she practiced nursing in a variety of community health settings, including two years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, and several years in Alaska. In 1979 she attended Montana State University where she graduated with a Master's degree in nursing, and a maternal-child clinical specialty. Returning to Alaska, she has been teaching at the University of Alaska, Anchorage for the past six years.
BREASTFEEDING DURATION FOLLOWING CESAREAN AND VAGINAL BIRTHS
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1988 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 159–164, July-August 1988
How to Cite
Janke, J. R. (1988), BREASTFEEDING DURATION FOLLOWING CESAREAN AND VAGINAL BIRTHS. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 33: 159–164. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(88)90186-3
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
Two hundred fifteen women were questioned at six weeks postpartum to identify differences in infant feeding practices among women who had cesarean and vaginal births. Although the study found more women bottlefeeding at six weeks, as compared with vaginal birth women, this difference was not statistically significant (p > .05). Self-reported “commitment to breastfeeding,” however, was found to be associated with breastfeeding success, irrespective of birth type. Commitment to breastfeeding was the only identifiable common denominator between cesarean birth women and vaginal birth women. Several additional variables were found to be associated with breastfeeding success among vaginal birth women, exclusively. These included: being well-educated, married, having prior success breastfeeding, feeling prepared to breastfeed, having one's partner committed to breastfeeding, feeling satisfied with breastfeeding in the hospital, feeding the infant soon after the birth, and having a female infant. Results of this study that suggest variables previously associated with breastfeeding success need to be viewed with caution when dealing with cesarean birth women.