Table 1

Characteristics of all mothers and babies initiating breast feeding before and after the feeding team intervention started on the postnatal ward

Before the feeding team (n=413)After the feeding team (n=388)p Value
Maternal age (years)
 Mean (SD)29.2 (5.7)29.8 (5.9)0.69
 Median (IQR)30 (25–34)29 (26–34)
Deprivation (SIMD—2009)
 SIMD 1, n (%)52 (12.6)49 (12.6)0.62
 SIMD 2, n (%)52 (12.6)56 (14.4)
 SIMD 3, n (%)69 (16.7)60 (15.5)
 SIMD 4, n (%)102 (24.7)91 (23.5)
 SIMD 5, n (%)130 (31.5)117 (30.2)
 SIMD missing, n (%)8 (1.9)15 (3.9)
 Receives healthy start vouchers, n (%)28 (6.8)21 (5.4)0.42
Multiple births, n (%)3 (0.7)6 (1.5)0.32
Type of delivery
 Spontaneous vaginal delivery, n (%)215 (52.3)211 (54.7)0.85
 Forceps or ventouse, n (%)69 (11.9)56 (14.5)
 Emergency caesarean, n (%)64 (15.6)55 (14.2)
 Elective caesarean, n (%)63 (15.3)64 (16.6)
Gestational age (weeks + days)
 Mean (SD)39 w1 d (2 w2 d)39 w6 d (2 w2 d)0.69
 Median (IQR)39 (38–40)39 (38–40)
Admitted to neonatal unit, n (%)67 (16.2)58 (14.9)
Primigravida, n (%)165 (40)168 (43.3)0.35
Length of hospital stay after birth (days)
 Mean (SD)2.5 (2.0)2.3 (2.0)0.41
 Median (IQR)2 (1–3)2 (1–3)
Entire breastfeed watched, n (%)
 Yes60 (15)73 (19)
 No197 (48)156 (40)
 Not applicable*127 (31)80 (21)
 Missing29 (7)79 (20)
  • * Not applicable refers to babies who were given exclusively breast milk only or were in the neonatal special care unit or who had already stopped breast feeding prior to hospital discharge.