Presentation Title (IN ALL CAPS)

PREVALENCE OF BREASTFEEDING PRACTICES – NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

Departmental Affiliation and City, State, Zip for All Authors

Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, TX, 76104; Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Classification

State or Government Agency

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

The Tarrant County Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) pairs nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to improve prenatal care and provide child development education and counseling. This research project aimed to identify barriers to breastfeeding initiation and duration among NFP participants to aid in the development of targeted educational intervention and to assess the impact of these intervention materials. Results from phase II showed improvements in breastfeeding practices and knowledge among NFP participants after implementation of intervention materials.

Scientific Abstract

The Tarrant County Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) pairs Bachelor’s prepared, registered nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to improve prenatal care and provide one-on-one child development education and counseling. The Tarrant County NFP program selected improving the prevalence estimates of initiating breastfeeding and duration of breastfeeding as one focus area for their Quality Improvement Plan. Data was collected on breastfeeding practices at the individual level to provide a foundation for education on breastfeeding to program participants. The objectives of phase I were to identify attitudes and beliefs regarding breastfeeding and breastfeeding practices among pregnant NFP program participants and to identify barrier(s) to initiating breastfeeding and increasing the duration of breastfeeding to six months or longer among NFP program participants with infants six months and older. The objectives of phase II were to determine the impact of a targeted educational intervention on attitudes and beliefs regarding breastfeeding and breastfeeding practices among pregnant NFP program participants and to determine the impact of a targeted educational intervention on the duration of breast feeding among NFP program participants with infants six months and older. Surveys were distributed by Home Nurse Visitors during visits with eligible NFP participants. Results of phase II showed increases in the percent of participants that planned to breastfeed for at least 6 months, the percent of participants that actually breastfed for at least 6 months, and the knowledge of participants regarding breastfeeding benefits. These findings indicate that the targeted educational materials had a positive impact on breastfeeding practices among NFP participants.

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PREVALENCE OF BREASTFEEDING PRACTICES – NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

The Tarrant County Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) pairs Bachelor’s prepared, registered nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to improve prenatal care and provide one-on-one child development education and counseling. The Tarrant County NFP program selected improving the prevalence estimates of initiating breastfeeding and duration of breastfeeding as one focus area for their Quality Improvement Plan. Data was collected on breastfeeding practices at the individual level to provide a foundation for education on breastfeeding to program participants. The objectives of phase I were to identify attitudes and beliefs regarding breastfeeding and breastfeeding practices among pregnant NFP program participants and to identify barrier(s) to initiating breastfeeding and increasing the duration of breastfeeding to six months or longer among NFP program participants with infants six months and older. The objectives of phase II were to determine the impact of a targeted educational intervention on attitudes and beliefs regarding breastfeeding and breastfeeding practices among pregnant NFP program participants and to determine the impact of a targeted educational intervention on the duration of breast feeding among NFP program participants with infants six months and older. Surveys were distributed by Home Nurse Visitors during visits with eligible NFP participants. Results of phase II showed increases in the percent of participants that planned to breastfeed for at least 6 months, the percent of participants that actually breastfed for at least 6 months, and the knowledge of participants regarding breastfeeding benefits. These findings indicate that the targeted educational materials had a positive impact on breastfeeding practices among NFP participants.