Breastfeeding Pattern in Mothers Who had Problems in Breastfeeding

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Thanyarat Wongwananuruk
Siripong Swasdimongkol
Pussara Hakularb
Preeyapa Sirilertmakasakul


Objective: The main purpose of this study was to determine the exclusive breastfeeding rate in mothers who had problems in breastfeeding and were closely taken care by the well-trained breastfeeding team. The second purpose was to define the causes of non-exclusive breastfeeding. The third purpose was to compare the exclusive breastfeeding rate with the previous study of routine postpartum care.
Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted. From January to July 2005, there were 4,344 mothers delivered at  iriraj Hospital. 847 of them, mothers (19.5%) had the problems in breastfeeding, therefore, they were cared and supported to breastfeed their babies by well-trained clinicians either at a service ward or at a Lactation clinic. To obtain the data of method of feeding and the problems in breastfeeding, the subjects were contacted by phone during 7 days, 1, 4 and 6 months postpartum period.
Results: The rates of the exclusive breastfeeding in 7 days, 1, 4 and 6 months during postpartum period in this study were 84.6%, 76%, 41% and 27.7%, respectively. The important problems of the breastfeeding were tongue tie of the infants and the short maternal nipples (57.5% and 31.6%, respectively). Compared with the previous study, in this study, breastfeeding lasted longer and had a higher rate.
Conclusion: Successful breastfeeding would be achieved if mothers receive the continuous support from the care team and their families in detecting and solving the problems of breastfeeding in early period.


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Wongwananuruk, T. ., Swasdimongkol, S. ., Hakularb, P. ., & Sirilertmakasakul, P. (2006). Breastfeeding Pattern in Mothers Who had Problems in Breastfeeding. Siriraj Medical Journal, 58(8), 959–961. Retrieved from
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