Faculty Mentors

Dr. Monica Ketchie

Dr. Debbie McMillan


Children that are optimally breastfed have the healthiest start in life. The World Health Organization and the CDC recommend that mothers optimally breastfeed. Benefits of breastfeeding to children include the receipt of antibodies, reduction of ear, respiratory, and gastrointestinal infections, decreased sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, diabetes, and childhood leukemia. Several research studies have reported a strong positive correlation between breastfeeding and reduced infant morbidity and mortality. Evidence illustrates that the health benefits from breastfeeding are dose-dependent, thus the longer the breastfeeding duration the greater the acquisition of the enumerated benefits. However, premature cessation of breastfeeding less than the WHO recommended duration is prevalent. Worldwide. The purpose of this project was to identify women at risk for early breastfeeding cessation at a midwifery practice, supplement this group with multiple forms of support to help promote the WHO and CDC goal of optimal breastfeeding so the long-term health sequelae related to breastfeeding may be experienced.



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