Studies have confirmed that breastfeeding provides multiple benefits to infants, mothers, and society. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. They also advise that breastfeeding continue for 12 months or longer if mutually desired by mother and infant. Attitudes and knowledge of breastfeeding are formed at an early age and affect infant feeding decisions. There is a lack of research regarding the attitudes of adolescents about breast-feeding and how education influences their opinions. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the impact of a school health module on the breastfeeding knowledge and attitudes of middle school students. A convenience sample of 39 middle school students participated in the breastfeeding education module, completing a pretest and posttest. Inferential statistics and a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) revealed a significant effect of the education module in the change of attitudes and knowledge toward breastfeeding. The findings of this study suggest that education modules in the middle school setting can address myths around infant feeding and break down barriers to the universal acceptance and support for breastfeeding. Further research could warrant further exploration of the effects of breastfeeding education that support positive attitudes toward breastfeeding.
|Advisor:||Slota, Margaret, Bost, Mary L.|
|Commitee:||Flagg, Joanne S.|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding attitude, Breastfeeding knowledge, Education module, Middle school students|
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