Lucas Submits ANF Grant Application to Investigate Preterm Infant Breastfeeding Behavior After Discharge

Postdoctoral Associate Ruthie Lucas and team submitted an American Nurses Foundation application entitled "Preterm Infant Breastfeeding Behavior After Discharge" requesting funding for a one-year period with a start date of August 1, 2012.

Although the goal for mothers and infants is to exclusively breastfeed for six months, barely half of all mothers exclusively breastfeed their infants beyond two weeks of age. Developing a maternal self-report instrument that describes different types of ineffective latch and inefficient breastfeeding patterns would assist mothers in seeking professional assistance and clinicians in identifying mothers and infants at risk for early breastfeeding cessation.

A prospective longitudinal study will be utilized to describe mothers’ perception of their infants’ breastfeeding behaviors and their selection of their infants’ breastfeeding behavior type during hospitalization at weeks one, two, and three and one month after hospital discharge.

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