Introduction to NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding
Nursing diagnosis is the first step in the nursing process. It has been used by nurses since 1956. NANDA nursing diagnosis is a standardized terminology specifically developed for use in nursing diagnosis for the care of patients. The goal of the NANDA nursing diagnosis is to help nurses identify and express nursing interventions that improve patient care. NANDA nursing diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding is an evidence-based tool to help nurses assess breastfeeding and determine interventions that can help with breastfeeding success.
NANDA Nursing Diagnosis Definition
The NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding is defined by the NANDA International Standards as “a state in which a mother has insufficient milk or inadequate quality of milk supply to meet her infant’s nutritional needs.”
- Expresses lack of milk supply or milk amount
- Expresses concern about milk quality
- Expresses concerns about baby’s self-regulation behaviors
- Timing of milk removal from breast inadequate
- Milk availability inadequate
- Milk quality not suitable for the baby
- Metabolic changes for baby’s growth not adequate
- Inadequate resources: Not having access to appropriate resources, like lactation professionals and medical supplies, can hinder a mother’s ability to provide adequate milk supply.
- Suboptimal positioning: Poor positioning and latch during breastfeeding can cause difficulties with milk transfer, resulting in an inadequate milk supply.
- Dehydration: Dehydration can reduce milk supply. Paying attention to fluid intake is important for mothers who want to ensure an adequate milk supply.
Mothers with infants and children who are at risk for breastfeeding problems are those with any of the following characteristics:
- Young women: Younger women may have limited knowledge of materials on breastfeeding and may be more likely to experience difficulty establishing or sustaining a milk supply due to hormonal imbalances.
- New mothers: New mothers may not have sufficient education or experience with breastfeeding and may need additional support and guidance.
- Premature or low birth-weight infants: These infants may require extra care and closeness in order to receive enough milk and gain weight as expected.
When problem-solving for provision of adequate breastfeeding, associated problems to consider include insufficient maternal milk, ineffective feeding techniques, and poor infant suckling.
Suggestions of Use
Utilizing the NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding can be helpful in guiding the nurse’s assessment and interventions. It should consider factors such as the mother’s individual level of comfort with breastfeeding, any available support systems like Lactation Consultants, vulnerability of the infant’s health, and any physical limitations of the mother.
Suggested Alternative NANDA Diagnoses
The NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding can be used alone or in conjunction with these other NANDA Diagnoses:
- Anxiety: Mothers who are experiencing anxiety related to breastfeeding may respond best to various forms of learning, counseling and emotional support.
- Pain: Identification and treatment of any pain associated with breastfeeding is important.
- Self-Esteem: Confidence and self-esteem are both essential components of assisting mothers in successfully achieving breastfeeding.
Nurses should use the NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding to gather information on maternal and infant health, breastfeeding status, and oral health. Additionally, they should encourage the use of appropriate guidelines and techniques, emphasizing the importance of proper positioning, enhanced maternal bonding, speaking softly, creating a quiet environment, and helping the mother initiate independent awareness to assess her infant’s satiety cues.
When implementing NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding, nurses should target improved maternal-infant bonding and outcomes such as successful breastfeeding initiation, increased maternal confidence and satisfaction with breastfeeding, improved infant/neonatal growth, increased infant energy and strength for nursing, improved infant hydration and health, improved infant immunization rates, improved infant nutrition and development, improved infant sleep patterns, and improved maternal acceptance and satisfaction with breastfeeding.
A variety of NIC Interventions exist to help implement the NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding:
- Counseling/Teaching: Educate mothers on breastfeeding techniques, helping them to recognize if their baby is getting enough to eat, and addressing any concerns she may have.
- Positioning: Assist the mother with proper positioning in order to achieve the maximum benefit from breastfeeding.
- Supportive Environment:Create and maintain a supportive, nurturing environment in which the mother and infant can practice breastfeeding.
- Therapeutic Regimen: Develop a therapeutic regimen to promote successful breastfeeding.
NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding is a valuable tool for nurses to assess the success of a mother’s breastfeeding. It allows nurses to evaluate the breastfeeding situation and decide on the best course of action in order to improve the breastfeeding experience. By utilizing the best evidence-based practices and providing necessary interventions, nurses can help mothers and their infants increase breastfeeding success.
- What is NANDA Nursing Diagnosis? NANDA Nursing Diagnosis is a standardized terminology specifically developed for use in nursing diagnosis for the care of patients.
- How can NANDA Nursing Diagnosis: Provision to Improve Breastfeeding be used? This NANDA Nursing Diagnosis can be used to help nurses assess breastfeeding, determine interventions that work best, and help mothers and their infants increase breastfeeding success.