Breast care during pregnancy

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2011 Mar-Apr;40(2):144-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01227.x.


In 1972, breast care during pregnancy by nurses primarily concentrated on preparation of the nipples for breastfeeding. There is now a vast amount of research evidence that demonstrates the positive impact breastfeeding has on maternal and infant health. In this article, we compare the principles of 1972 with contemporary research-based information. Nurses continue to have an important role on the outcomes of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nursing Care*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care*
  • Skin Care