Increasing First Time Mothers’ Breastfeeding Confidence Using Post-Hospital Discharge Phone Support: A Quality Initiative [paper]
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card, only 23.9% of infants in Texas are exclusively breastfed through six months of life (CDC, 2020). This statistic falls short of the Healthy People 2030 goal of 42.4% and demonstrates the need for postpartum breastfeeding support (DHHS, n.d.). To address this disparity, the Women’s Services leadership team at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital implemented a quality improvement (QI) project that extended breastfeeding support past hospital discharge through a breastfeeding support phone call between one and two weeks postpartum. The purpose of this QI project was to increase breastfeeding support and confidence in first-time mothers between one and two weeks postpartum through the completion of a breastfeeding support phone call with an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. (IBCLC). This initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), who states peer support and community breastfeeding support may help more women breastfeeding exclusively (n.d.).
A capstone project submitted to the St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Nursing, December 2021.
quality improvement, quality initiative, breastfeeding, postpartum, maternal confidence, maternal health, Nursing
Monty, E. (2021). Increasing First Time Mothers’ Breastfeeding Confidence Using Post-Hospital Discharge Phone Support: A Quality Initiative. St. David's School of Nursing, Texas State University.