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- Open Access.
- BACKGROUND: Among the 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, in 2016, 81% of mothers started out breastfeeding. This shows that most mothers want to breastfeed and are trying to do so; however, this percentage dropped significantly by 6 months, and dropped even more after twelve months.PURPOSE: To investigate the literature concerning prenatal and postnatal care, determine common themes found within the literature and which educational techniques are the most successful in lengthening the duration that mothers breastfeed, and provide recommendations for healthcare providers to better care for breastfeeding mothers.METHODS: A systemized literature search was conducted using two databases in order to attain current literature regarding breastfeeding education in prenatal care and the impact it has on breastfeeding duration. PubMed and CINAHL were the two databases chosen for this search due to their relevance in the role of prenatal education of mothers.RESULTS: Overall, the most conclusive evidence was that there is a positive relationship between the incorporation of breastfeeding education during the prenatal period and the length at which mothers actually breastfeed for, despite the trimester at which the education was delivered or who delivered the education.CONCLUSIONS: The overarching theme emerging from the data was that additional education outside of normal prenatal visits, whether it be peer-led groups, workshops, or counseling, proved to increase the duration at which mothers breastfed and decreased early cessation of breastfeeding after delivery.
- Dissertation Note:
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University 2020.
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