Amy L. Suda

Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Breastfeeding remains the most natural, convenient, and recommended source of early feeding for newborns. Unfortunately, more women are having potentially preventable problems in the first few weeks after birth which may lead to early cessation of breastfeeding. In the rural area, quick and accessible resources for questions are often hard to come by, leading to the termination of the breastfeeding relationship. This earlier than expected termination may lead to feelings of disappointment, frustration and sadness by the already overburdened new mother. The goal of this project was to identify five common reasons for discontinuation of breastfeeding in the early weeks with findings used to develop an easy-to-use ready reference pamphlet to help rural women overcome early breastfeeding difficulties, promoting a sustained breastfeeding relationship. This was accomplished through comprehensive literature review, evaluating the current literature using clinically appropriate databases, clinical and data-based references to determine the nature of the problems and the best practices for management of those problems

Health care providers must acknowledge that many rural women experience unique challenges in the continuation of breastfeeding soon after delivery compared to their urban counterparts, such as geographic isolation, lack of available resources, and limited access to health care. Efforts need to focus on helping women access valuable resources to help them work through their initial problems with breastfeeding as a way of increasing breastfeeding duration. In order to ensure they are informed of safe and effective simple measures for common problems that could reduce early breastfeeding cessation, a ready reference was developed. This pamphlet provides specific information and simple solutions the mother can try at home for the challenges she is having as well as multiple resources for additional help. This reference provides new mothers with the evidenced based information that will promote breastfeeding success