Breastfeeding is generally considered by health professionals as the ideal feeding practice for infants. It is the first communication pathway between the mother and her infant. This study was designed to describe breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, practice and influencing factors among breastfeeding mothers in Bemidji, MN. This cross-sectional study allowed the researcher to determine trends and other information about the sample in the Bemidji area. The participants for this study were breastfeeding mothers who gave a birth at Sanford Health located in Bemidji, MN. A written data collection instrument containing forty nine questions was used to collect data. The findings of this study showed that the participants were knowledgeable about breastfeeding and that they had positive attitudes toward breastfeeding. Also, the findings indicated that most of the mothers had received help from hospital staff regarding breastfeeding practice and most of the mothers had breastfed their baby just after birth or in less than one hour after birth.


Judith K. Luebke

Committee Member

Dawn Larsen

Committee Member

Joseph D. Visker

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing

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