Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2017

School

School of Nursing

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Keywords

Breastfeeding, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Nursing, Global Initiatives, Infant Nutrition, Determinants of Breastfeeding

Disciplines

Maternal and Child Health | Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing

Abstract

Over recent years, breastfeeding has gained renewed significance in research and practice. Both in the United States and around the world, especially in poor countries that do not have easy access to quality healthcare, breastfeeding has been shown to dramatically and positively affect the health and lifespan of infants. However, there is still a low prevalence of effective breastfeeding practices universally. Even with the presence of global programs and goals that are geared toward exclusive breastfeeding habits, global rates are lower than what is desired. There are various determinants of breastfeeding that factor into a woman’s decision and practice of breastfeeding. Suggestions can further improve healthy breastfeeding practices, especially in the form of exclusive breastfeeding.