National WIC Association

Sources of education about breastfeeding and breast pump use: what effect do they have on breastfeeding duration? An analysis of the Infant-Feeding Practices Survey II

Chen PG, et al. Sources of education about breastfeeding and breast pump use: what effect do they have on breastfeeding duration? An analysis of the Infant-Feeding Practices Survey II. Matern Child Health J. Oct 2012;16(7):1421-1430.

This study examined the association between breastfeeding duration and sources of education about breastfeeding and breast pumps. Results showed that breastfeeding and breast pump education were significantly associated with breastfeeding duration. Although health care providers such as physicians and nurses have regular contact with women, there was a negative statistically significant association between breastfeeding and breast pump education from health care providers and longer breastfeeding duration. This finding likely reflected the time and resource limitations of clinical practice. It mightalso indicate a need for more consistent training for health care providers who offer breastfeeding and breast pump education.