Attitudes, practices, and knowledge about human lactation among nursing students

Ana Maria Linares, Angeline Do Nascimento Parente, Caroline Coleman

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Nurses are on the front line of the healthcare system and should, therefore, have the evidencebased knowledge to manage breastfeeding. The objective of this study was to assess the attitudes and knowledge about human lactation among a group of nursing students. An anonymous online survey was sent to all College of Nursing students at a local university in Kentucky. Nursing students participating in the survey favored breastfeeding over formula feeding for infants. Lack of knowledge and various misconceptions about breastfeeding were reported. Whether a nursing student has or has not completed a class about human lactation during the nursing program, and has had or not had children, significantly influences their attitudes and knowledge toward breastfeeding. Future studies should focus on identifying if nursing faculty members and nursing students recognize human lactation as a value and central knowledge for nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Lactation
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2018

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© 2018 United States Lactation Consultant Association.


  • Breastfeeding knowledge
  • Human lactation
  • Nursing programs
  • Nursing students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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