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An Evaluation of a Breastfeeding Privacy Sign to Prevent Interruptions and Promote Successful Breastfeeding
Article first published online: 8 APR 2011
© 2011 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 274–280, May/June 2011
How to Cite
Albert, J. and Heinrichs-Breen, J. (2011), An Evaluation of a Breastfeeding Privacy Sign to Prevent Interruptions and Promote Successful Breastfeeding. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 40: 274–280. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01233.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2011
- Accepted January 2011
- hospital practices
Objective: To determine if using a breastfeeding privacy sign during breastfeeding sessions improves breastfeeding outcomes and maternal satisfaction.
Design: Quasi-experimental, posttest design.
Sample: A convenience sample of 46 healthy, English speaking, exclusively breastfeeding, term (>37 0/7 weeks gestation) dyads were included.
Methods: The control group received routine hospital care and completed a feeding diary and questionnaire. The intervention group received the same treatment and was given a breastfeeding privacy sign to use during breastfeeding sessions.
Results: The total number of interruptions was significantly less in the intervention group. Significantly more intervention participants documented “strong agreement” when reporting that their breastfeeding sessions were successful. No difference was noted regarding the number of breastfeeding sessions, total minutes of breastfeeding sessions, or percentage of infant weight loss at day 2 of life.
Conclusions: The number of interruptions during breastfeeding sessions was significantly decreased with the use of a breastfeeding privacy sign, and the mothers who used the sign strongly agreed that their breastfeeding sessions were successful.