Practices and Policies in the Initiation of Breastfeeding

Mary J. Renfrew Houston, Peggy Anne Field (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Despite increasing knowledge about factors affecting the initiation of breastfeeding, many mothers still encounter problems and discontinue breastfeeding earlier than desired. Many hospitals still have not implemented the practices that are known to be helpful in the establishment of breastfeeding. As a result, a study was conducted to examine the policies and practices affecting breastfeeding in hospitals in Alberta, Canada. A questionnaire‐based survey of all Alberta hospitals (including directors of nursing and staff nurses) found that many practices were still relatively inflexible; did not always reflect accurate, research‐based information; and were not geared to the needs of mothers and infants. The implications of these findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)418-425
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN)
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1988

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics
    • Critical Care
    • Maternity and Midwifery


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