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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Committee Member

Rosemary Witt

Number of Pages



This descriptive study examined the history of breast feeding experiences in women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and resided in a large southwestern city. A questionnaire modified by the researcher, based on previous research regarding lactation and breast cancer was used to collect demographic data, reproductive and breast cancer histories, and breast feeding practices for each of the subjects first five pregnancies. The Neuman Systems Model was the conceptual framework for this study. Women, diagnosed with at least stage I breast cancer sometime during the last year were given a questionnaire. Data were analyzed using univariate and bivariate descriptive analysis. The results of this study support past research regarding previously identified risk factors for breast cancer. The results of this study clarified and added additional information regarding the breast feeding practices of women with a history of breast cancer. No significant difference existed between adequacy of milk supply and initial and advanced stages of breast cancer. Nor was there a difference between described problems during breast feeding and initial and advanced stages of breast cancer.


Breast; Cancer; Feeding; History; Practices; Women

Controlled Subject

Nursing; Health education; Oncology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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