The Relationship between Breast Size and Breast Milk Volume of Nursing Primipara

  • Babcock University. Ilishan Ogun State
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The aim of study was to determine if there is any relationship between breast size and the quantity of milk produced during sucking in 57 primiparas who practiced exclusive breast –feeding. The infants' ages range between 6 and 24 weeks with a mean age of 8.13 (5.2) weeks. There were 31 male and 26 female infants. Both babies and their mothers were apparently well and were not on any drug that could affect fluid balance or breast milk production. The means breast volume (standard deviation) was 660.51(245.60) cm3 while the mean breast milk volume (standard deviation) produced was 131.75(58.82) mls. The breast volume of 15 mothers was less than 500 cm3 while the volume of 5 mothers was more than 1000 cm3. There was no correlation between breast size and breast milk production .The conclusion was that breast size does not determine the quantity of milk produced in the study subjects. NQJHM Vol. 14 (1) 2004: pp. 104-106

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... Quantifying the breastmilk produced is subject to maternal or an infant feeding advisor's perception. However, scientific inquiries have shown that a mother continues to produce enough quantity and quality of breast milk for up to six months even when the mother is consuming a minimal diet, and despite the size of their breasts [31,32]. In some instances, mothers failed to differentiate a 'hunger cry' from a general baby cry [33]. ...
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Background: Despite the well-documented significance of EBF in developing countries, many poor communities still present with the highest percentage of disease burden resulting from suboptimal breastfeeding. Objectives: To identify the maternal perception on barriers and facilitators to EBF in Gwanda District, Zimbabwe. Methods: Five focused group discussions were conducted using 40 purposively-selected mothers while eight in-depth key informant interviews were also conducted. The qualitative data collected were analyzed using thematic network analysis. The themes were used in interpreting the perceived barriers and facilitators of EBF. Results: The study identified individual, socio-cultural, health service-related and environmental factors as the basic themes influencing maternal infant feeding choice. These were grouped into two organizing themes, namely, barriers and facilitators of EBF which were summarized into one global theme: EBF intention. Facilitating factors were maternal autonomy, self-efficacy, knowledge of EBF definition, maternal diet, support and sourcing information from healthcare workers. Poor infant feeding practices, affordability of alternative infant feeding options, ritualistic/symbolic infant preparations, family conflicts, increased workload and hot climate were barriers to EBF. Conclusion: To increase in uptake of EBF in the study area required comprehensive multiple stakeholder interventions incorporating the mothers, influential family members, religion and traditional advisors, and healthcare workers.
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