Infant feeding knowledge, attitudes, exposure, and intentions among non-pregnant adolescents

Problem: The minimal focus on education related to breastfeeding and infant feeding options in the non-pregnant teen population is contributing to the low breastfeeding retention rates in California. Methods of providing education to non-pregnant adolescents to promote knowledge, positive attitudes, exposure, and sustained intentions towards future breastfeeding practices need to be identified. Therefore, it is important to provided infant feeding education to improve breastfeeding retention rates; ultimately, educating non-pregnant teens on infant feeding will promote a cultural shift in breastfeeding acceptance as a societal norm. Purpose/Objective: The purpose of this study is intended to determine the effect of an infant feeding health promotion education session on the non-pregnant adolescents’ knowledge, attitudes, exposure, and intentions toward infant feeding.