Breastfeeding benefits high risk population in Saskatchewan
Of the 67 high risk mother and baby pairs 86.6 per cent initiated breastfeeding (53.7 per cent exclusively-hospital supplementation was still practised). At six months almost 70 per cent continued to breastfeed, however the exclusive breastfeeding rate dropped significantly at 4 and 5 months. This was attributed to the national policy of initiating solids at 4 to 6 months despite BFI recommendations of at about six months. These figures show a marked improvement and are considerably higher than rates of 69 per cent initiation reported in 1994-95.
Hospital admissions in the breastfeeding population over the 6 month audit show that only 3.6 per cent of those breastfed were readmitted to hospital whereas nearly 80 per cent of those artificially fed were admitted for various infectious diseases, primarily lower respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions. Partial breastfeeding had some benefit with an admission rate of 16.7 per cent.
|Top | Summer/Fall 2000 Contents ||