A concept analysis of effective breastfeeding
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs
Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing
DOI of Published Version
OBJECTIVE: To provide a concept analysis of effective breastfeeding. DATA SOURCES: Medline and CINAHL electronic databases, reference lists from selected articles, and 7 breastfeeding assessment tools. Search terms included the following: breastfeeding and effective, adequate, successful. STUDY SELECTION: Literature was selected according to whether the concept of effective breastfeeding was defined or described. DATA EXTRACTION: Literature was reviewed and data organized as definitions or descriptions, with descriptions grouped into categories sharing similar characteristics. DATA SYNTHESIS: Four characteristics were chosen as essential attributes of effective breastfeeding: positioning, latch, sucking, and milk transfer. CONCLUSIONS: The concept of effective breastfeeding requires further concept development to define and describe effective positioning, latch, sucking, and milk transfer. Future research is needed to determine the relationships between the antecedents, attributes, and consequences of effective breastfeeding.
Breast Feeding, Female, Health Education, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Promotion/methods, Humans, Infant Care/methods, Infant, Newborn, Maternal Behavior, Maternal-Child Nursing, Milk, Human, Mother-Child Relations, Sucking Behavior
Published Article/Book Citation
The definitive version was published in Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing, 35:3 (2006) pp.332-339. DOI:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2006.00050.x.
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