Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool: a guide for education and support of the breastfeeding dyad

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J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs

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Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing

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OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool to be used at the bedside by nurses to guide ongoing support and education for the mother-baby dyad. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Community hospital in a Midwestern city. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-two English-speaking mother-infant dyads. METHODS: Three nurse raters (two per session) independently scored the eight characteristics on the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool during 81 breastfeeding sessions. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Percent agreement between raters and suggested modifications for the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool. RESULTS: The results support the use of the tool as a checklist for assessment of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad to guide education and support. CONCLUSIONS: The interrater agreement was high for individual items of the Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool. The Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool is useful as a checklist for assessing maternal and infant breastfeeding progress, though additional research is needed to support the validity of the tool.


Adult, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude to Health, Breast Feeding/adverse effects/psychology, Cross-Sectional Studies, Cues, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Infant Behavior, Infant, Newborn, Maternal Behavior, Midwestern United States, Mothers/education/psychology, Needs Assessment/organization & administration, Nursing Assessment/organization & administration, Nursing Evaluation Research, Observer Variation, Patient Education as Topic/organization & administration, Posture, Social Support, Sucking Behavior, Time Factors

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, 36:4 (2007) pp.319-327. DOI:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2007.00165.x.

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