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Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool: a guide for education and support of the breastfeeding dyad. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2007;36(4):319-27



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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.

Author List

Johnson TS, Mulder PJ, Strube K


Teresa Johnson PhD Associate Professor in the Nursing department at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Breast Feeding
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Promotion
Infant Behavior
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Behavior
Midwestern United States
Needs Assessment
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Evaluation Research
Observer Variation
Patient Education as Topic
Social Support
Sucking Behavior
Time Factors