Extra early mother-infant contact and duration of breast-feeding

Acta Paediatr Scand Suppl. 1985:316:15-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1985.tb10076.x.


We tested the hypothesis that extra early physical contact between mother and infant is associated with prolonged breast-feeding. Healthy, advantaged mothers and their healthy, mature, vaginally-delivered, firstborn infants were randomly assigned to receive either regular contact (N = 39) or extra early contact beginning approximately one-half hour after delivery (N = 39). Fifty-three (68%) of the 78 infants were breast-fed. Age at which complete weaning occurred was known for 50 (94%) of the 53 infants. Prolonged breast-feeding was not significantly associated with extra contact. Suckling during extra early contact was associated with greater incidence of breast-feeding at two months (p less than 0.001) and three, four and five months (0.10 greater than p greater than 0.05) for male and female infants combined.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Child Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant Care
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Pregnancy
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Time Factors