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Breastfeeding assessment instruments and their use in clinical practice

Sartorio, B. T., Coca, K. P., Marcacine, K. O., Abuchaim, E. S. V., and Abrao, Acfv
Objectives: To identify breastfeeding assessment tools, their application in clinical practice, and their validation and cross-cultural adaptation. Method: This is an integrative review of literature obtained from six databases and an online library, conducted from August 2014 to December 2015, without a temporal delimitation. Results: We identified 19 assessment tools, of which 12 were validated and five were cross-culturally adapted. In terms of adaptation, the tools were used to assess the risk of early weaning (BAPT) and the perception/behaviour of mothers during nursing (BSES-SF and IIFAS). Conclusions: The identification of the available instruments and their indications for breastfeeding assessments can help health workers choose the ideal instrument, and qualify maternal and child care.
Rev Gaucha Enferm
0102-6933 (Print)
Publication year:
Symptom status:
Cognitive/mental state
Emotional state
Physical state
Functional status:
Physical functioning
Adults (18-65)
Children (0-18)
Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Non-patient Reported Outcome
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
6 - Clinical rating scales
7 - Observations
Avaliação da Sucção do RN na Alimentação no Seio Materno
BAAT - Bristol Breastfeeding Assessment Tool
BAPT - Breastfeeding Attrition Prediction Tool
BAS - Breastfeeding Assessment Score
BEET - Breastfeeding Evaluation an Education Tool
BPEBI - Breastfeeding Personal Efficacy Beliefs Inventory
BREAST - B-R-E-A-S-T-FEED Observation Form
BSES - Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale (versions: BSES-SF)
HHLS - H & H Lactation Scale
IBFAT - Infant Breastfeeding Assessment Tool
IIFAS - Iowa Infant Feeding Attitudes Scale
LATCH - LATCH Scoring System
LAT - Lactation Assessment Tool
MBA - Mother-Baby Assessment Tool Scoring System
MBFES - Maternal BreastFeeding Evaluation Scale
MIBPT - Mother-Infant Breastfeeding Progress Tool
NOMAS - Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale
SAIB - Systematic Assessment of the Infant at Breast