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HERNANDEZ-GARDUNO, Adolfo Gabriel  and  ROSA-RUIZ, Leticia de la. Experience of nurse breastfeeding training. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2000, vol.42, n.2, pp.112-117. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the change of knowledge in nurses attending an eighteen-hour lactation course at the General Hospital of Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted from May 1996 to May 1997 and consisted of a breastfeeding training course and pre and post-test course evaluations of nurse participants. One-hundred-and-forty out of 152 nurses were trained and evaluated. Statistical analysis consisted of a paired t-test and analysis of variance. RESULTS: Of 152 nurses attending the course, 140 (92%) completed pre and post-course evaluations. Global results of pre and post-tests were 5.39±1.37 and 7.74±0.79, (p<0.001). The difference was still significant after we compared the instruction level of participants. There was a trend towards a higher level of instruction among those with higher knowledge on lactation in the post-course evaluation (p=0.004). CONCLUSIONS: An 18-hour course given to nurses significantly increased in knowledge on lactation.

Keywords : breast feeding; education, nursing, continuing; nursing research; Mexico.

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