Breastfeeding is the most natural form of infant feeding to organically enhance an infant’s immune system from birth (CDC, 2019; UNICEF, 2017). Breast milk has been associated with lower risks of acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, and postpartum depression (WHO, 2019). Data indicated an estimated annual $13 billion in savings associated with breastfeeding, with more than 900 preventable deaths (Bartick & Reinhold, 2010). Current breastfeeding duration rates fall below Healthy People 2020 (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2014) goals despite its biological and economic benefits. Registered nurses make up 70% of the healthcare workforce and are a constant source of support and guidance during the prenatal and postpartum period of maternity. Because of the short and long term benefits to both mother and infant through breastfeeding, coupled with the vital role nurses play in a mother’s breastfeeding duration, it was important to evaluate current and future nurse’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs on breastfeeding. Using data through a self-reported survey, this study investigated the breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of student nurses. Results indicated low levels of breastfeeding knowledge, unfavorable attitudes towards breastfeeding, and favorable beliefs about breastfeeding among nursing students. Independent-t tests and One-Way ANOVA tests were conducted.
|Advisor:||Vancour, Michele, Michalski, Carrie|
|School:||Southern Connecticut State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Public Health Education, Nursing|
|Keywords:||Breastfeeding attitude, Breastfeeding belief, Breastfeeding knowledge, Lactation, Nursing education, Student nurses|
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