Breastfeeding Educational Interventions for Health Professionals: A Synthesis of Intervention Studies

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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.