Health Professionals’ Attitudes and Beliefs About Breastfeeding
The Journal of Perinatal Education
The aim of this descriptive study was to investigate how health-care providers perceived their role in breastfeeding and maternal support. Data was collected via interviews of 53 health-care professionals that provided care to breastfeeding women. The emerging themes included (a) understanding the benefits of breastfeeding: often lacking current knowledge, (b) lacking consistency: gaps between knowledge of benefits and actual clinical practice, (c) not knowing how to help: lack of assessment and therapeutic skills, and (d) understanding the barriers to breastfeeding: how health-care providers can make a difference. Data analysis suggests inconsistencies between the health-care provider’s perceived support and behaviors, lack of knowledge, and significant lack of skill in the assessment and management of breastfeeding couples.
Radzyminski, Sharon, Lynn Clark Callister.
"Health Professionals’ Attitudes and Beliefs About Breastfeeding."
The Journal of Perinatal Education, 24 (2): 102-109.