Improving knowledge of breastfeeding management: A practice development intervention for paediatric nurses

Williams, Alison, Young, Jeanine, Kearney, Lauren and Keogh, Samantha (2013) Improving knowledge of breastfeeding management: A practice development intervention for paediatric nurses. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 16 2: 8-14.

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Author Williams, Alison
Young, Jeanine
Kearney, Lauren
Keogh, Samantha
Title Improving knowledge of breastfeeding management: A practice development intervention for paediatric nurses
Journal name Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1441-6638
Publication date 2013-07-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 8
End page 14
Total pages 7
Place of publication West Leederville, Australia
Publisher Cambridge Publishing
Formatted abstract
Aim: The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a targeted, practical education intervention on paediatric nurses' knowledge of appropriate breastfeeding management in an acute practice setting.

Breastfeeding provides the optimal method for infant growth and nutrition, yet studies have demonstrated knowledge deficits of Australian paediatric nurses regarding the management of the mother-infant breastfeeding dyad. Limited evidence is available evaluating which educational approach is effective in the dynamic and busy acute care setting.

Design: This study was a two-phased, mixed-method design, conducted in a large, tertiary, metropolitan children's hospital in south-east Queensland, Australia.

Methods: Reference groups were conducted in Phase One to advise development of the resource kit. Phase Two was the experimental phase and included a pre-test knowledge survey, the educational intervention, and a post-test knowledge survey.

Results: Pre- and post-test response rates of 75% (n=49) and 34% (n=23) respectively were achieved from the population of 67 eligible participants. Post-intervention study results demonstrated knowledge improvement in four key breastfeeding management areas: importance of baby-led feeding; reduction in otitis media risk for breastfed infants; ongoing management of maternal milk supply when breastfeeding is interrupted; and the correct storage and management of expressed breast milk. Areas for further knowledge improvement included management of more complex breastfeeding scenarios, such as mastitis.

Conclusion: The implementation of a resource kit and brief education series has improved the knowledge of paediatric nurses in some areas of breastfeeding practice and management.
Keyword Breastfeeding
Nurse education
Paediatric nurse
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