Breastfeeding classes: A quality improvement project to increase intent to breastfeed
Dr. Latonya Thomas, DNP, RN
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Breastfeeding education has been shown to improve a mother’s intent to breastfeed and self-efficacy rates. The PICOT question developed was as follows: “In prenatal and perinatal women, how will the participation in a community-based breastfeeding program compared to no program improve the intent to breastfeed and self-efficacy rates in 12 weeks?” The gap in practice was a lack of community resources and educational classes to support the longevity of breastfeeding. A quality improvement design with Bandura’s social learning theory was utilized. A total of 155 women participated in this project via face-to-face classes and/or online classes. Findings from the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy-Short Form (BSES-SF) pre and post surveys showed an increase in self-efficacy scores from 5.4% to 25% post-intervention. The Infant Feeding Intentions Scale (IFI) showed an increase with women who intend to breastfeed. The pre-test 14/37 (37.8%) women who attended the two online sessions scored a maximum score of 16. The post-test 11/24 (45.8%) women of the same group scored a maximum score of 16, an increase of 8% on intent to breastfeed. The follow-up survey 13/24 (54.17%) women scored a maximum score of 16. The conclusion noted from this project was that face-to-face classes showed the most improvement. Limitations included the short time frame to conduct the project, the number of education sessions, transportation, past experiences, and inconsistent attendance. However, further studies and projects are warranted to provide extensive data for comparison over a longer duration.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Evidence Level||Quality Improvement|
|Research Approach||Quantitative Research|
Community-based Education Programs;
Intent to Breastfeed
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