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Obstetric Physiotherapists and breastfeeding

A. M. Bergh, R. J. Grimbeek, P. M. Kachelhoffer
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 49, No 1 | a1381 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v49i1.1381 | © 2019 A. M. Bergh, R. J. Grimbeek, P. M. Kachelhoffer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 August 2019 | Published: 28 February 1993

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A. M. Bergh, Department of Comparative Education and Educational Management, UNISA, South Africa
R. J. Grimbeek, Department of Statistics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
P. M. Kachelhoffer, Department of Didactical Pedagogics, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This study determined the perceptions of obstetric physiotherapists on the state of breast-feeding in South Africa and their contribution to breast-feeding education. A questionnaire to the 134 members of the Obstetric Association of the South African Society of Physiotherapy was completed by 36 practising respondents and 23 non-practitioners. The total response rate was 44%. A significantly larger group of practising respondents who had completed their training in the seventies returned the questionnaire. About 93% of respondents felt their basic training in breast-feeding had been inadequate. Almost 56% has received further training in breast-feeding during the previous five years. Regarding the impact of the South African national breast-feeding week campaign, 47% of respondents perceived a change in attitudes toward breastfeeding and 22% a change in breast-feeding practices. It is concluded that the perceptions of other groups of health professionals, the educational needs of parents and effective educational strategies also need investigation.


Breastfeeding; childbirth education


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