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Maycock, B., Binns, C.W., Dhaliwal, S., Tohotoa, J., Hauck, Y., Burns, S., et al. (2013) Education and Support for Fathers Improves Breastfeeding Rates: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Human Lactation, 29, 484-490.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890334413484387

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  • TITLE: The Knowledge and Participation of the Father in Breast Feeding, Salvador, Brazil

    AUTHORS: Fernanda Tourinho Lima, Andréa Canário Santana, Gilton Marques dos Santos, Tatiane Falcão dos S. Albergaria, Luciana Rodrigues Silva

    KEYWORDS: Father, Breastfeeding, Knowledge

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol.6 No.10, August 26, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The most fundamental influence in the breastfeeding process is the father’s support. The mother feels safer in breastfeeding when she has her partner’s support and a more active and effective participation. This study aimed at evaluating the father’s knowledge about breastfeeding in a quantitative approach through a transversal cohort study, interviewing 78 fathers in a public maternity in Salvador. The average age of the interviewees was 29.9 years and 53.8% had an incomplete fundamental schooling. Regarding knowledge of the subject, 10.3% believed that breastfeeding can be substituted. All fathers interviewed answered that they support breastfeeding for their children and believe in its benefits; 39.7% reported that their opinion could interfere their partner’s decision to prolong the process. Moreover, 69.2% of the males attended their partner’s antenatal meetings, and of these, over a third had no intervention on the subject. Of all the participants, 80.8% confirmed that they had participated in the breastfeeding process and emphasized their gratification during this phase. About the paternal opinion, 39.7% believed that there is a degree of influence over the partner’s decision to breastfeed, and for that reason 50% told the mother their opinion. The study widened the knowledge about the role of the father in breastfeeding, ratifying the importance of their support towards the mother in this process, ultimately contributing to improving the practice and benefiting the mother-child relationship. Therefore, we conclude that those interviewed have some knowledge about breastfeeding, recognize its importance during the process and would like to know more.