Maternity nurses' knowledge of factors promoting successful breastfeeding. A survey at two hospitals

JOGN Nurs. 1981 Jan-Feb;10(1):28-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1981.tb00628.x.


An investigator-designed questionnaire was used to survey 53 RNs and LPNs at two urban hospitals concerning knowledge for support of breastfeeding mothers. Maternity nurses demonstrated limited knowledge, especially in drugs, maternal emotions, and neonatal physiology as related to breastfeeding. Level of education affected test scores positively; length of experience affected test scores negatively.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Counseling*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital
  • Obstetric Nursing* / education
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires