The Little Things: Perceptions of Breastfeeding Support
Article first published online: 26 JUL 2006
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 401–409, July 2001
How to Cite
Gill, S. L. (2001), The Little Things: Perceptions of Breastfeeding Support. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 30: 401–409. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2001.tb01559.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 26 JUL 2006
- Accepted: September 2000
- Breastfeeding support;
- Infant feeding
To describe how maternal-child staff nurses support breastfeeding mothers during the postpartum hospital stay and how these mothers perceive the support received from the nurses.
Data were collected at a community hospital in southeastern Florida.
Unstructured interviews were conducted with seven maternal-child nurses caring for breastfeeding mothers. The investigator observed 12 nurses' interactions with breastfeeding mothers and newborns. Eight breastfeeding mothers were interviewed, using a semi structured guide, in the hospital before discharge and at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum.
Nurses supported breastfeeding mothers by providing information and interpersonal support. Breastfeeding mothers expected the nurses to support their feeding efforts by providing information, encouragement, and interpersonal support.
Health care providers can help breastfeeding mothers, but the support offered must be the kind that mothers want.