TABLE 6.

Comparison of Nursing Factors Between Mothers Who Continued and Those Who Had Discontinued Lactation by 40 Weeks’ CA

Lactation by 40 Weeks’ CA*P Value
Continued (n = 30)Discontinued (n = 19)
Nursing
 Always a let-down sensation with pumping18 (60%)8 (42%).35
 Infant to breast by 35 wk CA29 (97%)14 (74%).03
 Always a let-down sensation with nursing15 (52%)8 (57%).99
 First breastfeed
     Postnatal age (mean ± SD)41 ± 16d38 ± 21d.64
     CA (mean ± SD)33 ± 1wk34 ± 2wk.57
 Postnatal age of first latch-on (mean ± SD)44 ± 16d38 ± 22d.39
 Infant always latches on21 (72%)8 (57%).49
 Frequency of breastfeeds (mean per day ± SD)1.4+1.00.8+0.6.04
  • * Postmenstrual plus postnatal age.

  • Of the 57 mothers who discontinued lactation by 40 weeks’ CA, 18 discontinued by 3 weeks of age and 20 discontinued before 35 weeks’ CA; thus, only 19 mothers were still lactating at 35 weeks’ CA and able to respond to questions regarding nursing factors.