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Acta clinica Croatica, Vol.53. No.2. July 2014. -

The aim of this review was to estimate the influence of patronage nurses on breastfeeding. A retrospective research was conducted in the form of telephone questionnaire on a total of 25 subjects. Eighteen 72% mothers had previous experience with breastfeeding, while 7 28% had no such experience. In 18 72% mothers, patronage nurses assessed the technique of breastfeeding because of difficulties with breastfeeding and examined breasts in 13 52% women. Exclusive breastfeeding was recommended to 21 84% mothers, while in 4 16% cases giving water and-or tea to the child was suggested. Breastfeeding on demand was recommended in 14 56% and breastfeeding by schedule in 4 16% cases. Advice about maternal nutrition during breastfeeding was given in 21 84% cases, while this type of advice was not necessary in only 4 16% cases. Patronage nurses helped the mothers with breastfeeding in 12 48% cases, had no influence on breastfeeding in 9 36% cases, and hindered breastfeeding in 4 16% cases. Patronage service has a relevant role in the preventive health sector. Patronage nurses should have better collaboration with maternity and pediatric care centers, so they can provide up to date breastfeeding education and thus offer their professional support.

Breastfeeding; Breastfeeding mothers; Maternal-child nursing; Pediatric nursing; Nursing, community health

Author: Ivana Samardžija Čor - Zora Zakanj -



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