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Evaluation of the relationship between method of delivery and breastfeeding characteristics [Zeynep Kamil Med J]
Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2021; 52(2): 78-81 | DOI: 10.14744/zkmj.2021.25582

Evaluation of the relationship between method of delivery and breastfeeding characteristics

Feyza Ustabaş Kahraman1, Beyza Maşlak2, Selçuk Uzuner1
1Department of Pediatric Health and Diseases, Bezmialem Vakıf University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
2Bezmialem Vakıf University Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: Many factors affect breastfeeding such as maternal method of delivery. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between delivery method and breastfeeding characteristics.
METHODS: This study was conducted between January and May 2019. A total of 210 mothers were analyzed who were registered in the Child Health and Diseases Outpatient Clinic and were still breastfeeding at the time of enrollment. A 28-item questionnaire survey was administered to the participants regarding their family’s socio-demographic characteristics, delivery method, and breastfeeding characteristics.
RESULTS: Of the participants, 79 (37.6%) and 131 (62.4%) gave birth by vaginal delivery (VD) and by cesarean delivery (CD), respectively. A total of 55 (69.6%) mothers had VD breastfed their baby within the first ½ h of birth. The difference between the time of initial breastfeeding and the delivery method was statistically significant (p<0.001). A significantly higher proportion of babies born by VD (94.9%) received breast milk as their first food than babies born by CD (p<0.001). Moreover, significantly higher proportion of mothers who had VD exclusively breastfed their baby at 6 months than mothers who had CD (p<0.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: This study found that the delivery method has a significant effect on breastfeeding characteristics, such as the time of initial breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, breast milk, cesarean delivery, vaginal delivery.

Feyza Ustabaş Kahraman, Beyza Maşlak, Selçuk Uzuner. Evaluation of the relationship between method of delivery and breastfeeding characteristics. Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2021; 52(2): 78-81

Corresponding Author: Feyza Ustabaş Kahraman, Türkiye
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