Maternal and neonatal post partum behaviors related to early breastfeeding

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Schwanke, Michelle
Parham, Douglas F.
Powers, Nancy G.
Goldberg, Lynette R.

Schwanke, Michelle (2010). Maternal and Neonatal post partum behaviors related to early breastfeeding. -- In Proceedings: 6th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 183-184


As part of a larger study, two low-risk primigravida (first pregnancy) women who intended to breastfeed and their newborns were audio- and videotaped in the first two hours after delivery. Recordings were analyzed to investigate early infant crying patterns and the duration of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby that may be associated with breastfeeding outcomes. One mother-infant pair remained in close contact immediately following delivery with short periods of separation. The other mother-infant pair experienced longer periods of separation during the first two hours. Although data are preliminary, the separation cries of the infants were noticeably different perceptually than the cries produced in contact with mother. This finding contributes to existing data on factors involved in mother-infant bonding and successful breastfeeding outcomes.

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Paper presented to the 6th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University, April 23, 2010.
Research completed at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and School of Nursing, College of Health Professions