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dc.contributor.authorCantrill, Ruthen_US
dc.contributor.authorCreedy, Debraen_US
dc.contributor.authorCooke, Marieen_US
dc.contributor.editorKumi de Silvaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:06:03Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:06:03Z
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.date.modified2013-07-30T23:53:42Z
dc.identifier.issn07292759en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/5642
dc.description.abstractContinuous uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact is known to facilitate newborn transition to extrauterine life, the ability to actively find the nipple and establishment of effective breastfeeding but is not promoted consistently in practice. The Newborn Feeding Ability Questionnaire (NFAQ) was developed to measure midwives' knowledge and practice in supporting the first breastfeed. The NFAQ was administered to 3 500 midwives in Australia through a mailed survey. A response rate of 31.6% (n=1 105) was achieved and the sample was representative of the national midwifery population for age, sex, education and experience. Mean total score for knowledge was 85.94 (range 40-110 out of 110, SD=10.55) and mean practice score was 95.89 (range 57-117 out of 120, SD=9.19). Knowledge of newborn feeding ability was consistently associated with best practice in managing the first breastfeed. Almost all midwives reported that skin-to-skin contact for newborn infants immediately after birth was important, but few understood the significance of 'continuous uninterrupted' skin-to-skin contact to facilitate correct attachment and effective suckling. One-third reported separating mother and baby for routine interventions before allowing the opportunity to demonstrate pre-feeding behaviour or actually breastfeed. Although midwives attempt to ensure the first breastfeed is facilitated soon after birth, the practice of continuous uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact seems poorly understood and not uniformly practised. Further research is needed to investigate how midwives teach mothers' positioning and attachment for the first breastfeed. Education of midwives so they can optimally facilitate the first breastfeed is required to improve breastfeeding initiation rates.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.format.extent628272 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherAustralian Breastfeeding Associationen_US
dc.publisher.placeEast Malvernen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.lrc.asn.au/bfrindex.html#mar04en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom25en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto33en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBreastfeeding reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume12en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321102en_US
dc.titleMidwives' knowledge of newborn feeding ability and reported practice managing the first breastfeeden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwiferyen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2004 Australian Breastfeeding Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
gro.date.issued2004
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