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Keywords:

  • Breastfeeding;
  • Breastfeeding assessment tool;
  • Mother-infant interaction

Objective:  To describe the development of the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool to be used at the bedside by nurses to guide ongoing support and education for the mother-baby dyad.

Design:  Cross-sectional study.

Setting:  Community hospital in a Midwestern city.

Participants:  Sixty-two English-speaking mother-infant dyads.

Methods:  Three nurse raters (two per session) independently scored the eight characteristics on the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool during 81 breastfeeding sessions.

Main outcome measure:  Percent agreement between raters and suggested modifications for the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool.

Results:  The results support the use of the tool as a checklist for assessment of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad to guide education and support.

Conclusions:  The interrater agreement was high for individual items of the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool. The Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool is useful as a checklist for assessing maternal and infant breastfeeding progress, though additional research is needed to support the validity of the tool. JOGNN, 36, 319-327; 2007. DOI: 10.1111/J.1552-6909.2007.00165.x