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Mulcahy, H,Phelan, A,Corcoran, P,Leahy-Warren, P
2012
January
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Examining the breastfeeding support resources of the public health nursing services in Ireland
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breastfeeding Ireland midwifery nurses nursing public health nursing resources support TRAINING NEEDS SURVEY RANDOMIZED-TRIAL DURATION INITIATION WOMEN PROFESSIONALS PROMOTION ATTITUDES EDUCATION ENGLAND
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Aims and objectives. The aim of the study was to review breastfeeding support provided by Public Health Nurses in Ireland. The objectives were to identify the availability of appropriate guiding policies, educational preparation, attitude of Public Health Nurses and the availability and use of other supportive services.Background. Breastfeeding rates in Ireland are among the lowest in Europe. The main source of formal support for breastfeeding mothers in the community in Ireland is from Public Health Nurses who can make referral to other non- statutory resources. The nature of this support is determined by policies guiding clinical practice and education that increases breastfeeding confidence and competence of all personnel. Consequently, an assessment of breastfeeding resources requires an analysis of all these variables.Design. A large quantitative, cross- sectional study was conducted, involving Public Health Nurses and mothers. This paper represents the results from the perspective of Public Health Nurses.Method. Directors of Public Health Nursing ( n = 24) and Public Health Nurses ( n = 204) completed self- report questionnaires by mail and online. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences and reported using descriptive and inferential statistics.Results. Public Health Nurses are well educated to support breastfeeding and have a positive attitude and a high degree of selfassessed confidence and competence. A wide variety of non- statutory support exists for breastfeeding but is not always used to their full potential.Conclusion. Standardising educational requirements for Public Health Nurses in supporting breastfeeding is an area that requires attention. Ultimately, service delivery in relation to supporting breastfeeding mothers would benefit from being more timely and responsive.
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03975.x
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