Volume 23, Issue 68 (February 2011)                   IJN 2011, 23(68): 63-72 | Back to browse issues page

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M Ali-Akbar, T Safarabadi-Farahani, S Taavoni, H Haghani. The effect of mother-infant skin - to - skin contact on infant's pre - feeding behaviors. IJN. 2011; 23 (68) :63-72
URL: http://ijn.iums.ac.ir/article-1-915-en.html
- Lecturer, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Tonekabon Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon, Iran (*Corresponding Author) Tell: 09128193451 , aliakbar_mahboube@yahoo.com
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  Background and Aim: The importance of pre-feeding behaviors in successful breastfeeding and duration of exclusive breastfeeding necessitates the detection of factors influencing these behaviors. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of mother-infant skin-to-skin contact on pre-feeding behaviors of healthy full-term infants of primiparous women.

  Materials and Method: This study was a randomized-controlled trial conducted in labor and maternity wards of Shahid Akbar-Abadi hospital in Tehran. One hundred healthy primiparous mother-infant dyads were randomly assigned to receive either skin-to-skin contact (n=50) or routine care (n=50). A demographic information form and The Infant Breastfeeding Assessment Tool was used to collect data. Data were analyzed by SPSS. For testing research hypotheses, Mann-Whitney U test was used.

  Results: There was a statistically significant difference between skin-to-skin contact group and routine care group in infant's pre-feeding behaviors including wakefulness (P ≤ 0.001), rooting reflex (P ≤ 0.001), and sucking reflex (P ≤ 0.001).

  Conclusion: According to the findings, early skin-to-skin contact after delivery has positive effect on full-term infant's pre-feeding behaviors. These behaviors have been considered to be effective on breast-feeding success and duration of exclusive breast-feeding. It is recommended to implement early skin-to-skin contact after delivery and thereafter.


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Type of Study: Research | Subject: nursing
Received: 2011/05/2 | Accepted: 2014/08/25 | Published: 2014/08/25

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