Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Lea Monahan, PhD, RN

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Breastfeeding; Teenage mothers


This qualitative study examined what experiences of adolescent mothers influenced them to continue breastfeeding after their hospital initiation. Also, this study examined the relative importance of the individual's beliefs and values that lead to the decision to breastfeed her infant. Two Caucasian primipara adolescent mothers 19 years of age participated in this study. Data was collected and examined for themes utilizing the qualitative 8-step process. Results of the study indicated that an adolescent's decision to initiate and continue to breastfeed her baby was strongly affected by her own beliefs. Beliefs about herself and her baby, as well as the encouragement and support she received from family, friends, and healthcare professionals strongly indicated she would be successful with breastfeeding her infant. Information and education she received throughout her pregnancy and after delivery of her baby also influence an adolescent mother.


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