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ALVES, Elisabete; MAGANO, Raquel; AMORIM, Mariana  and  SILVA, Susana. Breast milk supply in hospital setting. Arq Med [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.5, pp.135-137. ISSN 2183-2447.

Introduction: To compare the prevalence of breast milk supply, in the hospital setting, among families of very preterm infants and families of term infants, identifying the reasons for not breastfeed. Methods: A structured questionnaire was applied to 122 families of very preterm infants and hospitalized in all level III NICU located in Northern Portugal, 15-22 days after delivery (July 2013-June 2014), and to 385 families of term infants, in the puerperium (October-December 2014). Results: The prevalence of breast milk supply was 96.7% (95%CI 91.8-99.1) in the families of very preterm infants and 96.4% (95%CI 94.0-98.0) in the families of term infants. The absence of milk and medical recommendation were the main reasons reported for not breastfeed. Conclusions: The high prevalence of breastfeeding, in the hospital setting, is similar among very preterm and term infants. It is important to understand the circumstances that frame the families’ options regarding breast milk supply.

Keywords : breast feeding; decision making; family; prevalence.

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