SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Improving Breastfeeding Education

Presenter Information

Alexandrea DarnellFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

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Dr. Marcia Hobbs, DNS, RN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Breastfeeding is lacking in this area and any duration is short-lived. Sixty-one percent of Kentucky infants have “ever” been breastfed, while nationally 79.2 percent of infants have “ever” been breastfed (CDC, 2014). Just 19 percent of Kentucky mothers breastfed exclusively after six months which is below the national average of 22.3 percent. These statistics place Kentucky 48th out of 50 states in the percentage of mothers who have ever breastfed (Thompson, 2016, pp 1-2). Breastfeeding education is the foundation for greater improvement in breastfeeding duration and efficiency. “Despite the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, it is… a practice that requires intervention to ensure continuity” (Dodt, et al, 2015, p. 731). Successful education can lead to a longer period of breastfeeding. “Mothers need consistent, sustained information and support to develop and meet personal breastfeeding goals” (Edwards, et al, 2013, p. 1961).

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Improving Breastfeeding Education

Breastfeeding is lacking in this area and any duration is short-lived. Sixty-one percent of Kentucky infants have “ever” been breastfed, while nationally 79.2 percent of infants have “ever” been breastfed (CDC, 2014). Just 19 percent of Kentucky mothers breastfed exclusively after six months which is below the national average of 22.3 percent. These statistics place Kentucky 48th out of 50 states in the percentage of mothers who have ever breastfed (Thompson, 2016, pp 1-2). Breastfeeding education is the foundation for greater improvement in breastfeeding duration and efficiency. “Despite the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, it is… a practice that requires intervention to ensure continuity” (Dodt, et al, 2015, p. 731). Successful education can lead to a longer period of breastfeeding. “Mothers need consistent, sustained information and support to develop and meet personal breastfeeding goals” (Edwards, et al, 2013, p. 1961).