Prenatal and Postpartum Strategies to Enhance Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Exclusivity
- Providing breastfeeding education on topics such as the importance of breastfeeding, and positioning and latch.
- Using a solution-orientated approach focusing on areas such as increasing mastery, building confidence by learning from others, exploring responses to stress, and keeping motivated.
- Showing breastfeeding videos.
- Holding breastfeeding workshops in the third trimester.
- Assess breastfeeding self-efficacy using a validated tool.
- Provide breastfeeding education in written and multimedia formats.
- Support and encourage breastfeeding.
- Provide breastfeeding counselling to answer questions and concerns.
- Incorporate breastfeeding self-efficacy theoretical principles.
- Offer practical assistance with positioning and latch.
- Teach breast milk hand expression.
- Screen for indications for follow-up assessment by a lactation consultant or physician.
- Discuss any concerns regarding actual or perceived insufficient milk supply.
Women and Children
Breastfeeding Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses
Point of Care Resources