Professor’s research examines Nurse Practitioner Barriers to Supporting Breastfeeding

Harrisburg University faculty are leaders in their fields and in their classrooms. Not only are they invested in student success, they are conducting research that impacts lives far beyond Harrisburg.  Latest example is Nancy Mimm, DNP, MSN-BC, APHN.  The assistant professor of nursing at Harrisburg University recently co-authored an article published  in the  Journal of Perinatal Education  Vol 27  Issue  4 , DOI: 10.1891/1058-1243.27.4.207 titled   Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Barriers to Supporting Breastfeeding by Mothers.

Article Abstract:  Infant health and development outcomes are positively affected by breastfeeding. Despite the multitude of breastfeeding benefits to mothers and infants along with strong recommendations for exclusive breastfeeding from government agencies and professional associations, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life remains low. Strongly positive attitudes make pediatric nurse practitioners, especially those in primary care settings, ideally positioned to encourage, support, and provide breastfeeding management to mothers and infants. However, pediatric nurse practitioners may report breastfeeding education and breastfeeding skills deficits along with other barriers to optimal breastfeeding care.

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