Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Monica Ketchie, DNP, CNM, ANP
Dr. Deborah MacMillan, PHD, RNC, CNM
Delrose Francis-Dyett, MSN, FNP, APRN
Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for infants, children, and mothers. These benefits are dependent on the duration of breastfeeding. To attain these benefits, the World Health Organization and the CDC recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of the infant’s life and to continue breastfeeding while introducing complementary food until the infant is at least one year old. Research studies have reported a strong positive correlation between breastfeeding and reduced infant morbidity and mortality. Optimal breastfeeding practice could help prevent 823,000 child deaths. Globally, not breastfeeding or premature cessation of breastfeeding is estimated to result in economic losses of about $302 billion annually. There are advances in breastfeeding initiation in the world including the United States, but the cessation of breastfeeding less than the recommended duration is prevalent worldwide. The purpose of this project was to identify women at risk for early breastfeeding cessation, provide this at-risk group with breastfeeding support then evaluate the effect on breastfeeding duration. The goal is to increase breastfeeding duration so that its health benefits may be fully attained.
Anukam, Anthonia, "Evaluation of Breastfeeding Interventions to Improve Duration in Women at Risk of Breastfeeding Attrition" (2018). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Translational and Clinical Research Projects. 44.