Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Second Advisor

Louette Lutjens

Third Advisor

Carol Olthoff


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of prenatal breast-feeding education on a mother's perceived success at breast-feeding. This study also looked at the relationship of prenatal breast-feeding education on a mother's perception of her infant. The conceptual framework utilized was the Roy Adaptation Model. Motherhood and breast-feeding involve a change in role, which is why this theory served as a foundation for the study. The method for study was a quasi-experimental design. Subjects in the experimental group attended a prenatal breast-feeding class, those in the control group did not. In addition to a general survey questionnaire, mothers were asked to complete Broussard's Neonatal Perception Inventory, I & II, and a questionnaire related to their breast-feeding experience.; Two relationships were analyzed from the data obtained. They were (1) The relationship between a prenatal breast-feeding class and breast-feeding success. (2) The relationship between maternal perception of her infant at one month as a result of attending the prenatal breast-feeding class.; This study was a partial replication of one done by Wiles (1982).


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