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Table 3 Interventions documented by health visitors to support breastfeeding

From: The effect of health visitors on breastfeeding in Glasgow

Topics of questions Health visitor responses Number (%) (n = 146)
Antenatal discussion on benefits & management of breastfeeding None 48 (33%)
  Leaflets only 73 (50%)
  Discuss with pregnant women 22 (15%)
  Not known 3 (2%)
Postnatal contact with breastfeeding mothers Some contact from 10 days to 6 weeks 45 (31%)
  Weekly contact phone/clinic/etc 38 (26%)
  Weekly home visits 30 (21%)
  Available if mother phones 20 (14%)
  Variable depends on need 12 (8%)
  Not known 1 (1%)
   Median (range)
Contact with breastfeeding mothers (17–21 January 2000) Breastfeeding mothers in caseload 5 (0–54)
  Mothers initiated contact with each HV 3 (0–50)
  Mothers contacted by each HV 1 (0–20)
  Lactation histories taken by each HV 0 (0–10)
  Breastfeeds observed by each HV 0 (0–10)
Health Visitors' use of materials provided by manufacturers of breast milk substitutes Any use 107 (73%)
  Leaflets/posters on milk feeding/weaning 54 (37%)
  Leaflets/posters on other child care issues 66 (45%)
  Weight conversion charts 78 (53%)
  Obstetric calendars 58 (40%)
  Other calendars 53 (36%)
  Diaries/Diary covers 40 (27%)
  Other 22 (15%)
Breastfeeding support groups None available for HV caseload 40 (27%)
Breastfeeding in waiting area at GP surgery where HV practices All staff would respond positively 63 (43%)
  Private room available if required 57 (39%)
Practice has policy/standard or Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment 7 (5%)
Local Health Care Cooperative has a policy on breastfeeding 21 (14%)
Breastfeeding data recorded in HV practice Initiation of breastfeeding 66 (45%)
  Breastfeeding duration 47 (32%)
Breastfeeding training in HVs practice in last 2 years 1. HV received any training 92 (63%)
  2. Course lasting at least 2 days 80 (55%)
  3. Other practice staff received training 15 (10%)
  4. GPs received training 4 (3%)