OBJECTIVE: 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. DESIGN: Ethnographic. SETTING: Data were collected at a community hospital in southeastern Florida. PARTICIPANTS: 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 semistructured guide, in the hospital before discharge and at 2 and 6 weeks postpartum. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSION: Health care providers can help breastfeeding mothers, but the support offered must be the kind that mothers want.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care
- Maternity and Midwifery