Clinical practice breastfeeding recommendations for primary care: Applying a tri-core breastfeeding conceptual model

Deborah W. Busch, Kathleen Logan, Ashley Wilkinson

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Promotional practice efforts are needed in primary care to support and foster breastfeeding as the first and natural choice of nutrition for all infants regardless of race, ethnicity, educational, or income demographics in the United States. Societal awareness is increasing with regard to the significant protective qualities that human milk bestows upon public health. An estimated 75% of American mothers attempt to breastfeed, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 13% are able to exclusively breastfeed by 6 months. Early identification of lactation issues is crucial to establishing and sustaining breastfeeding for the first 6 to 12 months of the child's life and beyond. We propose a set of primary care guidelines, applying a Tri-Core Model approach, to promote and foster breastfeeding efforts in the postpartum period. Breastfeeding promotion is a fundamental public health endeavor, and pediatric nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are uniquely qualified to become specialists and experts in lactation care and management. Lactation support, which should be an integral facet of an APRN's practice and education, will aid in improving national breastfeeding rates and patient care outcomes. Application of the Tri-Core Model approach will help APRNs develop and implement evidence-based practice efforts that incorporate the mother-baby dyad and other multiprofessionals who are vested in successful breastfeeding outcomes. The goal of pediatric health care is provide safe and effective health care to all infants, children, and adolescents, and lactation care is an integral and crucial component of this effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-496
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation education
  • Lactation support
  • Primary care
  • Self-efficacy
  • Tri-Core Model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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