Today breastfeeding (BF) is often widely promoted in healthcare settings; however, truly little preparation is provided to women. Studies have also shown many health benefits to women and children, leading to a positive economic effect globally, yet breastfeeding rates remain low (Walters et al., 2019). The current breastfeeding recommendations are that women breastfeed exclusively for the first six months and continue for up to one year (CDC, 2022). The percentage of infants initially breastfed has increased; however, the number exclusively breastfeeding at six months has decreased (CDC, 2022). Many women are unprepared for breastfeeding and eventually encounter barriers due to insufficient support resources (McLeod et al., 2021). This project aims to implement a plan-do-study-act model and case-controlled study to determine if prenatal breastfeeding preparation can increase breastfeeding rates. We will compare breastfeeding rates of women who do and don't receive breastfeeding preparation and education. The proposed preparation will involve providing breastfeeding education, support, provider referral to lactation resources, and identifying potential barriers. Studies have shown that proper preparation, education, and support provided prenatally increase BF self-efficacy, readiness, knowledge, and longer BF duration (Piro & Ahmed, 2020). With the extended lifelong benefits breastfeeding can deliver to both mother and child, it is essential to help connect women to BF preparation resources. Prenatal providers are pivotal in a woman's BF success and should provide the necessary resources and referrals to help women become better prepared for breastfeeding.
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"Prenatal Breastfeeding Preparation to Help Increase Breastfeeding Rates,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 56.
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