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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622

Abstract

SAMPAIO, Ádila Roberta Rocha; BOUSQUAT, Aylene  and  BARROS, Claudia. Skin-to-skin contact at birth: a challenge for promoting breastfeeding in a "Baby Friendly" public maternity hospital in Northeast Brazil. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.2, pp.281-290. ISSN 1679-4974.  https://doi.org/10.5123/s1679-49742016000200007.

OBJECTIVE:

to identify prevalence of compliance with the fourth step of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative - to put the babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately after birth for at least half an hour - in a public hospital in Northeast Brazil.

METHODS:

this was a cross-sectional study using data from interviews with mothers who had recently given birth during a typical week in 2014.

RESULTS:

107 mothers were interviewed; 9.3% had completed the fourth step properly; the fourth step was negatively associated to cesarean section (p<0.01), and adequacy was not associated with receiving guidance on breastfeeding during the prenatal period or with breastfeeding in the first hour of life.

CONCLUSION:

low compliance with the fourth step is cause for concern, especially because this is a Baby-Friendly Hospital; cesarean section was detrimental to infant skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately after birth.

Keywords : Breastfeeding; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health; Cross-Sectional Studies.

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