Nurses’ Competencies in Promoting, Supporting, and Protecting Breastfeeding as Perceived by Nurses and Postpartum Mothers

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Sureeporn Kritcharoen
Sopen Chunuan
Sasikarn Kala
Warangkana Chatchawet
Kanjanee Phon-In


     This quasai-experimental research aimed to compare perception on nurses’ competencies in promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding between nurses and postpartum mothers. The samples were 30 nurses and 60 postpartum mothers. The research instruments were perception of nurses’ and postpartum mothers’ competencies in promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding questionnaires. The content validity was approved by 3 experts. Reliability of the questionnaires were tested and yielded Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of .90 and .86 respectively. Descriptive statistics and t-test were used for data analysis.
     The mean score of nurses’ perception on competencies in promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding significantly higher than those of postpartum mothers (t=3.359, p< .01). 
     Therefore, nurses should develop competencies in promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding to sustain postpartum mothers’ need and promoting, supporting exclusive breastfeeding in postpartum mother.


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Kritcharoen, S., Chunuan, S., Kala, S., Chatchawet, W., & Phon-In, K. (2018). Nurses’ Competencies in Promoting, Supporting, and Protecting Breastfeeding as Perceived by Nurses and Postpartum Mothers. Journal of Research in Nursing-Midwifery and Health Sciences, 38(4), 25–34. Retrieved from
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