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Breast Care During Pregnancy

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  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.

Correspondence
Teresa S. Johnson, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for Urban Population Health, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201.
tsj@uwm.edu

ABSTRACT

In 1972, breast care during pregnancy by nurses primarily concentrated on preparation of the nipples for breastfeeding. There is now a vast amount of research evidence that demonstrates the positive impact breastfeeding has on maternal and infant health. In this article, we compare the principles of 1972 with contemporary research-based information. Nurses continue to have an important role on the outcomes of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.

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