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Karen Campbell, RN, BScN

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2013
  • Country: CAN

Karen Campbell, RN, has been a Public Health Nurse with the Durham Region Health Department since 2001, where her focus has been on Reproductive and Child Health. Her primary focus has been on breastfeeding. Karen was involved in an innovative infant feeding surveillance system to monitor the rates of breastfeeding within the region. This work lead to the initiation of a research study on the factors affecting adolescent mothers decisions towards breastfeeding. Karen has presented at multiple conferences and workshops about supporting younger mothers in breastfeeding as well as the socioeconomic factors that affect breastfeeding. Karen is currently working on a baby-friendly initiative within the community with a local breastfeeding coalition.

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Adolescent Breastfeeding Experiences
There is increased recognition of the importance of breastfeeding at a national level as evidenced by the increased number of Canadian mothers initiating breastfeeding. However, adolescent mothers (19 years), compared to all other mothers, have lower rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. This presentation will identify the facilitating influences and barriers to initiating, and cotinuing breastfeeding, as perceived by adolescent mothers in Canada. The presenter will share national and local statistics and share strategies for effectively translating the research into practice.
Hours / CE Credits: 0.5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation