Primiparous understandment on breastfeeding – descriptive quantitative study

Diana Soares de Azevedo, Ana Cândida Serafim dos Reis, Lydia Vieira Freitas, Thaís Marques Lima, Priscila Bomfim Costa, Patrícia Neyva da Costa Pinheiro, Ana Kelve de Castro Damasceno


Aim: this study aimed to analise the puerperals’ understandment on breastfeeding e its caracteristics. Methood: descriptive study with quantitative aproach, which took place in the maternity school Assis Chateubriand between november of 2006 and january of 2007 with 252 puerperal interns. Results: most women were between the ages of 19 and 25 (48,8%), had gone to school for 8 years or more (59,5%), lived with theirs partners (75,8%) and were housewifes (73%). Most of them were going throught their first pregnancy (86,5%), went through seven or more pre-natal apointments (48,8%), prefered vaginal delivery (69,8%), believed that the best moment to iniciate breastfeeding is right after delivery (51,1%) and said had received information on breastfeeding (86,9%). Regarding their understandement on breastfeeding, they know that maternal diseases may impose it (31,7%), refered to liquid ingestion as a possible lactine prodution estimulate (51,1%) and pointed out that massages (26,2%) and milking (28,6%) ease the mamalian shrinkcage. Acknowledgements: many issues still need to be improoved to assure breastfeeding carries on until the recommended period and with success.


Breastfeeding; Knowledge; Postpartum period

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