Breastfeeding Initiation and Maintenance Among African Americans and Blacks Enrolled in a Nurse Home Visitation Program: An Outcomes Focused Program Evaluation
Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States
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Despite the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding, data reveal that African Americans have lower breastfeeding rates than any other raceethnicity in the United States. Moreover, those that do initiate breastfeeding report doing so for a shorter duration and with less exclusivity. The purpose of this study was to examine breastfeeding behaviors among asample of women participating in the Start More Infants Living Equally Healthy SMILE Program, a nurse home visitation program promoting maternal-infant health among African AmericansBlacks residing in Montgomery County, Maryland. The examination was done in partnership with the African American Health Program in order to provide program relevant information that could assist the program in understanding and improving outcomes.