Breastfeeding For The Pediatric Population

1360 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Analyzation regarding breastfeeding has demonstrated that breastfeeding initiation rates in the United States have increased to 79.2%, although the persistence of breastfeeding has continually lowered posing a risk to both the mother and the child. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). This decrease in continuation of breastfeeding may be primarily due to ineffective communication, poor education, and inadequate support. According to Williams, Young, Kearney, and Keogh (2013), “An important aspect of everyday nursing care in paediatric acute care facilities is the support and care of breastfeeding families” (p. 14). Nurses’ who implement the promotion of breastfeeding may pose many benefits for the well-bring of their clients such as; maternal and child bonding and health protection, child growth and development, and family and society protection (Bomer-Norton, 2014, p.88). Therefore, breastfeeding promotion is essential and relevant to pediatric nursing care. This paper will explore the significance of breastfeeding with the pediatric population, analyze nursing implications for breastfeeding promotion, and the involvement of Bevis nursing tools to support the strategies in nursing practice.
Firstly, breastfeeding during the first six months of life is the optimal method for infant feeding and provides proper nutrition and growth development in the pediatric population (Williams et al., 2013, p. 9). Nurses’ play an important role in the pediatric…
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