Date on Paper


Document Type

Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Bethel-Jaiteh, Cynethia

Committee Member

Williams-Coleman, Beverly

Author's Keywords

breastfeeding; postpartum; education; breastfeeding self-efficacy


Breastmilk is the best source of nutrients for an infant, yet many mother-infant dyads do not sustain breastfeeding past initiation. Breastfeeding education and support offered to the motherinfant dyad in the postpartum period have the potential to increase maternal breastfeeding selfefficacy, and attribute to a longer duration of breastfeeding. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) quality improvement project was to implement breastfeeding education and support in the postpartum period to mothers who have initiated and maintained breastfeeding by the time of the newborn well-child check, occurring at two to eight days postpartum. This project aimed to increase maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy upon completion of the intervention. The DNP project intervention included breastfeeding education and support provided by the DNP student, a certified lactation counselor (CLC), at the newborn well-child check and telephone consultations with further education and support at seven and 14 days postpartum. The impact of the intervention on maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy was measured utilizing Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis’ Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy-Short Form Scale.

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Nursing Commons