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Keywords:

  • breastfeeding;
  • privacy;
  • interruptions;
  • hospital practices

ABSTRACT

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.