Lisa Chiu
Early Onset of Kangaroo Care (KC) and Increasing Exclusivity of Breastfeeding at Discharge

SchoolTwinsburg High School


ProgramNursing


MentorDena Stuart, BSN, Diana Tripodo, RN


DepartmentFamily Maternity Center at Hillcrest Hospital


Research
Early Onset of Kangaroo Care (KC) and Increasing Exclusivity of Breastfeeding at Discharge
Hypothesis
Education of nursing staff and parents concerning KC will improve KC rates. This increase in Kangaroo Care performance during patient delivery and hospital stay will increase exclusivity of breastfeeding.
Methodology
Data collection was completed through patient surveys along with retrospective chart review. The subjects (infants) were chosen on one basic criterion—whether their mother initially planned to exclusively breastfeed. Two different sets of thirty participants were studied. The first group was studied before the education intervention on KC; the second group was studied after. The results from the two groups were then compared to determine whether KC education and actual completion of KC positively influenced exclusivity of breastfeeding.
Outcomes
Overall, completion of KC does correlate with an increase in exclusivity of breastfeeding at discharge. The proportion of mothers that exclusively breastfed after KC education is significantly larger than the proportion of mothers before the education. There was a 36 percent increase of mothers who exclusively breastfed after the education intervention.