Nursing: Health assessment on a newborn infant.

Article summary

This article evaluated the positive impacts of breast-feeding as being associated with reduction in perceived stress and negative mood in mothers. Two researchers Mezzacappa, Elizabeth Sibolboro (2002) and Katkin, Edward (2002) used an experiment to compare 28 breast feeding mothers with 27 bottle feeding ones during the post-natal period. They analyzed perceived stress and mood within the past month of utilizing the feeding intervention. The experiment revealed that mother who breast fed reported far less perceived stress and mood variations. Researchers concluded based on this small study that breast feeding buffers negative moods (Mezzacappa & Katkin, 2002).

Information sharing

Contemporary health promotion strategies enable the nurse to demonstrate relevant skills as an information disseminator (Jarvis, 2012). As such, my approach in sharing this study would entail a diagramtic representation of two sets of women feeding. This could be best communicated utilizing a power point presentation. One group would appear agitated by furious babies with mothers trying the force bottle feeding and the other group would have well composed happy women gently embracing their infants during breast feeding.

One picture says a thousand words. Therefore, with this pictorial image introduction, I would ask them to interpret the power point and how they feel about the two groups of women captioned in the scenes. At this point concerns raised will be given attention and clarifications offered while discussing the other long term benefits of breast feeding (Oddy, 2010)


Community resources available for breast feeding

A valuable community resource accessible at no cost to mothers is the women infant and children (WIC) nutrition services. Others are located at community health centers across the nation and non-profit organizations inclusive of Planned Parenthood. Generally, community breast feeding resources are limited



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