Training Program of Nursing Specialty in Breastfeeding 2021


Due to nurses' proficiency in understanding promoting, supporting, and protecting breastfeeding, including an appropriate approach to mothering care, it will help mothers decide to breastfeed their children and continue breastfeeding for proper nutrition, which affects infants' growth as well as physical and mental health. That decision will greatly benefit Thai children.

Breastfeeding has been used to promote health and quality of life among Thai populations since birth. Breast milk not only provides nutrition to infants, but children who were breastfed will increase their immunity, improve their health, and reduce chronic disease as they grow. Moreover, breastfeeding creates a secure bond between mothers and children and foundation of children's intelligence, emotional health, and positive mental health.

The target of WHO and UNICEF in 2025 is that the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months must be 50%; rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months in the global and Thai populations are very low. According to this situation, serious health promotion prevention and encouragement of breastfeeding from the pregnancy period (intrapartum and postpartum) until self-care at home for prevention and to solve the problem of breastfeeding failure. 

Nurses are critical individuals who play an important role in encouraging mothers to breastfeed. They should be trained to improve their knowledge and skills in order to provide accurate patient care. The Faculty of Nursing realized the importance of breastfeeding, so a Training Program in Nursing Specialty in Breastfeeding was organized from 2018 to 2021. The purpose of this program claim to improve the potential of nurses in effective responding of protect, promote and support breastfeeding in both normal case and sickness case. The Faculty of Nursing had trained 195 registered nurses in breastfeeding units in hospitals all over Thailand. Regarding to survey of exclusive breastfeeding rates 6 months before attending the training, it was found that the average rate was 45.24% and after the nurses 



Assist.Prof.Dr. Pornnapa Tangsuksan