Increasing Awareness of Breastfeeding Support Services


EKU Online OTD student Mallory Ratliff implemented research examining occupational therapy's role in breastfeeding support services for mothers and infants in rural eastern Kentucky for her capstone project. The action research study utilized three focus groups to gain insight into what families and healthcare providers in and around Pike County, Kentucky need to increase awareness of breastfeeding resources among families. Stakeholders collaboratively developed objectives, an action plan, and evaluated the success of the project.

A "lunch and learn" event was hosted for healthcare providers involved in prenatal and postpartum care of women regarding the most important aspects of breastfeeding support. A pamphlet was also developed for distribution from healthcare providers to breastfeeding mothers with helpful local, regional, and internet breastfeeding resources. In the final focus group, stakeholders examined the steps taken and determined that research was successful in meeting objectives.

Review the project here.

Mallory Ratliff earned her OTD from Eastern Kentucky University with EKU Online in May 2015. She is pictured above with members of her capstone project research committee. From left to right Dr. Doris Pierce, Ratliff and Dr. Christine Myers.

Published on May 29, 2015