TABLE 4.

Difficulties With Lactation and Support to Breastfeeding Referred by the Mothers at 6 Months

Difficulties/ProblemsIntervention Group (n = 140)Control Group (n = 140)P
No problems referred44 (31)51 (36)
    Received help from their partner
        With home work12 (27)11 (22)
        With the care of the infant40 (91)43 (84)
        With breastfeeding management36 (82)18 (35)<.001
    Full breastfeeding at 6 mo12 (27)17 (33).7
Problems referred96 (69)89 (64)
    Type of difficulty/problem*
        Stress/tiredness60 (62)28 (31)<.001
        Perceived milk insufficiency12 (12)38 (43)<.001
        Illness of the infant7 (7)4 (4)
        Illness of the mother3 (3)4 (4)
        Breast problems3 (3)8 (9)
        Return to work17 (18)8 (9)
        Other1 (1)4 (4)
    Supplemented other foods because of such difficulties10 (10)29 (33)<.001
    Stopped breastfeeding because of such difficulties6 (6)25 (28)<.001
    Received help from their partner
        With home work17 (18)10 (11)
        With the care of the infant82 (85)70 (79)
        With breastfeeding management92 (96)30 (34)<.001
    Full breastfeeding at 6 mo23 (24)4 (4.5)<.001
  • Data are n (%).

  • * Percentages are calculated inside each subgroup (problems/no problems). Some values in the Results and in the abstract are reported as percentages in the 2 groups (intervention/control).