Breastfeeding Educational Interventions for Health Professionals: A Synthesis of Intervention Studies
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2010
© 2010, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 223–232, July 2010
How to Cite
Watkins, A. L. and Dodgson, J. E. (2010), Breastfeeding Educational Interventions for Health Professionals: A Synthesis of Intervention Studies. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15: 223–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00240.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2010
- First received December 11, 2008; Final revision received January 23, 2010; Accepted for publication March 4, 2010.
PURPOSE. The purpose of this synthesis was to review intervention studies that focused on increasing the breastfeeding knowledge, self-confidence, and supportive behaviors of healthcare professionals.
DESIGN AND METHODS. Fourteen articles were identified through database searches as the basis for this review.
RESULTS. Breastfeeding education can be effective in increasing the knowledge and confidence of nurses. Duration and exclusivity rates for breastfeeding may also be improved.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Improving nurses' knowledge of breastfeeding is a modifiable factor that is important in supporting a mother in her decision to breastfeed.