Breast feeding success rate: group instruction vs individual instruction

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1986-05
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Patton-Mchaney, Anita
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The problem studied was: Will mothers who receive breast-feeding instructions in a group be more successful than those who receive individual instructions? A convenience sample of primiparous mothers who had vaginal deliveries was used. During the study some mothers received breast-feeding instructions in an individual setting and others in group settings. A questionnaire regarding breast-feeding success was sent to the mothers 3 weeks following delivery. A chi-square analysis was conducted on the resulting data. No significant difference was found in the success rate of breast feeding between mothers who were taught individually or in a group setting. The conclusions were that the role and participant modeling derived from vicarious experience in the group setting did not influence breast-feeding success.

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