Natsuko Wood
Assistant Professor 509-324-7397 College of Nursing/SNRS 333 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Dr. Wood’s research is deeply rooted in her maternal child nursing and midwifery practice in both the U.S.  and Japan revolving around the promotion of health and wellness of mothers and their infants through breastfeeding. Her program of research focuses on perceived insufficient milk, a predominant risk factor for early breastfeeding discontinuation globally. The program for her dissertation study, “The Protecting Your Ability to Breastfeed Your Baby” was designed to add competencies in breastfeeding in response to infant behavior while helping mothers build confidence in their ability to breastfeed their infant, a pilot feasibility study.

Dr. Wood was trained in translational research as a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington and graduated with her Ph.D. in Nursing. She has a master’s degree in Nursing Education and has taught maternal child nursing, midwifery, and med-surge nursing at a university in Japan as well as Skagit Valley College in Washington state.


  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • MSN Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • BSN Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

Breastfeeding, Perceived Insufficient Milk, Mother and Infant Interactions

Mixed Methods

Maternal Child Health


  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Chi-at-Large Chapter


  • Selected abstract & poster presentation, NINR’s 30th Anniversary: Advancing Science, Improving Lives Kickoff Symposium. Protecting your ability to breastfeed your baby: A pilot feasibility study of an educational program for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Bethesda, MD, 2015
  • Research Grant Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Psi-At-Large Chapter, University of Washington, School of Nursing, 2015
  • ITHS TL1 Multidisciplinary Pre-doctoral Clinical Research Training Program: NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (TL1TR00422), University of Washington, 2014


Wood, N. K., & Lewis, F. M. (2019) A feasibility study of a home-based program to promote perceived adequate milk. Journal of Woman’s Reproductive Health, 2, 20-34. doi: 10.14302/issn.2381-862X.jwrh-19-2617.

Wood, N. K. (2019). Home-Based interventions in a case of first latch at 27 days. Nursing for Women’s Health, 23,135-140. doi: 10.1016/j.nwh.2019.01.004.

Wood, N. K., & Woods, N. F. (2018). Outcome measures in interventions that enhance breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity: A systematic review. MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 43, 341-347. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000472.

Wood, N. K. & Sanders, E. A. (2018). Mothers with perceived insufficient milk: Preliminary evidence of home interventions to boost mother-infant interactions. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40, 1184-1202. doi:10.1177/0193945916687552

Wood, N. K., Sanders, E. A., Lewis, F. M., Woods, N. F., & Blackburn, S. T. (2017). Pilot test of a home-based program to prevent perceived insufficient milk. Women Birth, 30, 472-480. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.04.006

Wood, N. K., Woods, N. F., Blackburn, S. T., & Sanders, E. A. (2016). Interventions that enhance breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity: A systematic review. MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 41, 299-307. doi: 10.1097/NMC.00000000000264