Date of Graduation

Summer 8-15-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Carlee Stewart Balzaretti

Abstract

Successfully breastfeeding mothers who are planning to return to work and remain exclusively breastfeeding their infants have a knowledge deficit as to the federal law protecting their rights along with the basic skills for pumping, storing, and bottle-feeding of breast milk. There is a significant drop in breastfeeding rates at both the 3 and 6-month marker, which coincides with maternal return to employment. After attending the Working Moms Breastfeeding Class, 100% of mothers reported an increase in knowledge surrounding the law and the CDC’s basic skills for handling pumped breast milk based on a pre/post questionnaire. Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy claims a person’s belief in their capacity to successfully perform a particular task will increase their ability to do so. The CNL theme of Clinical Outcomes Manager with focus of the role of nurse educator has potential to help organizations meet the goal of increasing the percentage of exclusively breastfed babies in accordance with the Healthy People 2020 goals of 42.6% of mothers exclusively breastfeeding their infants at 3 months and 25.5% at 6 months of age. Educating mothers who desire to continue breastfeeding after returning to the workplace is the frontline step to increasing the duration of breastfeeding.

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