Effects of the implementation of a breastfeeding best practice guideline in a Canadian public health agency.
Summary of "Effects of the implementation of a breastfeeding best practice guideline in a Canadian public health agency."
Several strategies were used to implement a breastfeeding best practice guideline (BPG) in a Canadian public health agency. Nurses surveyed before and 1 year after implementation reported increased BPG-related knowledge and stronger beliefs regarding breastfeeding duration beyond 1 year. Telephone surveys also were conducted with mothers; 90 before BPG implementation and another cohort of 141 mothers following implementation. Post-implementation mothers were more knowledgeable about sources of breastfeeding help, obtained more help from public health nurses, and reported more breastfeeding-related discussion with healthcare providers. Compared to the pre-implementation cohort, mothers in the post-implementation cohort who were still breastfeeding at 6 months intended to continue breastfeeding longer. Implementing a breastfeeding BPG can affect breastfeeding-related experiences at a population level. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health.
Department of Nursing, Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A1.
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Name: Research in nursing & health
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