Date of Award

Fall 11-13-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Dr. Monica Ketchie, DNP, CNM, ANP

Second Advisor

Dr. Deborah MacMillan, PHD, RNC, CNM

Third Advisor

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.

Included in

Nursing Commons