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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304361
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Maternal Breastfeeding Experiences After Return to the Workplace
Author(s):
Nichols, Mary Reid; Harris, Nena R.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Theta
Author Details:
Mary Reid Nichols, PhD, APRN, FNP, mary.nichols@frontier.edu; Nena R. Harris, PhD, MSN, CNM, FNP;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Friday, July 26, 2013

Purpose: This pilot study focused on employed postpartum mothers who were feeding their infants with breast milk after return to the workplace. The study variables included postpartum employee perceptions of workplace breastfeeding support [Greene’s EPBSQ], postpartum breastfeeding barriers and facilitators [PPBFB&FQ], postpartum infant feeding attitudes [Iowa Feeding Scale], postpartum breastfeeding self-efficacy [BFSE Scale] and other pregnancy and postpartum contextual factors (pregnancy, labor, birth, infant data, and additional infant feeding and breastfeeding issues) as well as open-ended questions that provided qualitative data about perceptions and experiences of postparum return to the workplace and breastfeeding.

Methods: This was a descriptive mixed methods study.  Following IRB approval by Frontier Nursing University, a  convenience sample of approximately 280 employed, breastfeeding women resulted via email Listserve, internet social media and from day care centers and obstetrical practices for a final sample size of 255 women aged 22-43. Participants provided demographic and contextual data, quantitative responses to the variable measurement tools and qualitative data electronically via Survey Monkey.

Results: Data were analyzed using SPSS for descriptive data analysis methods and content analysis to answer open-ended questions. The particpants were predominately professional women who were highly educated. They reported above average levels of breastfeeding self-efficacy but also identified more barriers than facilitators to breastfeeding particularly in the workplace and with employers. The employed mothers shared detailed information about their own perceptions and experiences about the workplace and breastfeeding their infants as well as what they had wished they’d known or planned for before they returned to work after giving birth.  

Conclusion: The results contribute to additonal research evidence that is expected to provide the basis for care for prenatal and postpartum women: more specifically, preparation, support and education about maternal employment and infant feeding, particularly breastfeeding after return to postpartum employment. The results may additionally impact social and national employment policies for mothers with infants world-wide.

Keywords:
postpartum; breastfeeding; employment
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMaternal Breastfeeding Experiences After Return to the Workplaceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNichols, Mary Reiden_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Nena R.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Thetaen_GB
dc.author.detailsMary Reid Nichols, PhD, APRN, FNP, mary.nichols@frontier.edu; Nena R. Harris, PhD, MSN, CNM, FNP;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304361-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Friday, July 26, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>This pilot study focused on employed postpartum mothers who were feeding their infants with breast milk after return to the workplace. The study variables included postpartum employee perceptions of workplace breastfeeding support [Greene’s EPBSQ], postpartum breastfeeding barriers and facilitators [PPBFB&FQ], postpartum infant feeding attitudes [Iowa Feeding Scale], postpartum breastfeeding self-efficacy [BFSE Scale] and other pregnancy and postpartum contextual factors (pregnancy, labor, birth, infant data, and additional infant feeding and breastfeeding issues) as well as open-ended questions that provided qualitative data about perceptions and experiences of postparum return to the workplace and breastfeeding. <p><b>Methods: </b>This was a descriptive mixed methods study.  Following IRB approval by Frontier Nursing University, a  convenience sample of approximately 280 employed, breastfeeding women resulted via email Listserve, internet social media and from day care centers and obstetrical practices for a final sample size of 255 women aged 22-43. Participants provided demographic and contextual data, quantitative responses to the variable measurement tools and qualitative data electronically via Survey Monkey. <p><b>Results: </b> Data were analyzed using SPSS for descriptive data analysis methods and content analysis to answer open-ended questions. The particpants were predominately professional women who were highly educated. They reported above average levels of breastfeeding self-efficacy but also identified more barriers than facilitators to breastfeeding particularly in the workplace and with employers. The employed mothers shared detailed information about their own perceptions and experiences about the workplace and breastfeeding their infants as well as what they had wished they’d known or planned for before they returned to work after giving birth.   <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The results contribute to additonal research evidence that is expected to provide the basis for care for prenatal and postpartum women: more specifically, preparation, support and education about maternal employment and infant feeding, particularly breastfeeding after return to postpartum employment. The results may additionally impact social and national employment policies for mothers with infants world-wide.en_GB
dc.subjectpostpartumen_GB
dc.subjectbreastfeedingen_GB
dc.subjectemploymenten_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:34:22Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:34:22Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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