Modeling the Influence of Early Skin-to-Skin Contact on Exclusive Breastfeeding in a Sample of Hispanic Immigrant Women

Ana M. Linares, Karen Wambach, Mary K. Rayens, Amanda Wiggins, Elizabeth Coleman, Mark B. Dignan

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Using data from a longitudinal study of breastfeeding in Hispanics, this study evaluated the influence of early skin-to-skin contact (SSC) on initiation and sustained exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) at 1 month postpartum. Two-thirds of the women in the sample participated in early SSC. At discharge, over half of the women were EBF; this proportion decreased to one-third at 1 month postpartum. Controlling for demographic and clinical variables in the model, participation in early SSC was associated with a greater than sevenfold increase in the odds of EBF at discharge (p = .005) but was not predictive of EBF at 1 month post-discharge (p = .7). Younger maternal age and increased prenatal infant feeding intention were associated with an increased likelihood of EBF across both timepoints. Promoting early SSC may help with initiation of EBF, while further breastfeeding support may be needed to maintain EBF following discharge for this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1034
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Start Fund of College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, assigned to the first author. Additionally, the project described was supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant 8UL1TR000117-02. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH”.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Exclusive breastfeeding
  • Hispanics
  • Immigrants
  • Kentucky
  • Skin-to-skin contact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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