Strategies to Help Promote and Support Breastfeeding
Smith, Wendy K.
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The purpose of this paper is to present strategies that the Nurse Practitioner can use to promote and support breastfeeding to primiparous women in the prenatal phase. A comprehensive review of the research literature examining what factors influence women to breastfeed is presented first. An investigation into how various breastfeeding beliefs affect a woman's decision to breastfeed and what impact the Nurse Practitioner can have on women in the prenatal phase is explored. The advantages of breastfeeding an infant are emphasized in many of the articles reviewed and are also supported by the Healthy People 2010 campaign. The aim of this paper is to present strategies to promote and support breastfeeding to primiparous women early in pregnancy. The Theory of Multiple Intelligences is employed to produce such strategies. Three strategies are highlighted here with an end goal of helping women to increase the initiation of breastfeeding and helping the Nation meet the Healthy People 2010 objectives for breastfeeding.