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Study: African American Moms Less Likely To Breastfeeed Despite Benefits

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A new study shows African-American women breast-feed their children at lower rates than Caucasian, Latina and Asian mothers. Researchers believe that the difference can be attributed to socio-demographic factors such as age, income, education and personal experience with breast-feeding

A researcher at the University of Missouri has discovered that African-American college students are hesitant to breast-feed children despite being aware of the benefits. Discovered reasoning include lack of public acceptance towards the practice may influence the hesitation as well as beliefs that formula-feeding was more convenient for mothers who work outside of the home.

“We need to start early with our breast-feeding education and exposure because women decide before they have children whether or not they will breast-feed,” Urmeka Jefferson, assistant professor at the Sinclair School of Nursing, said. “We need to figure out how to encourage positive breast-feeding attitudes among young Black women and make them aware that breast-feeding is the normal, natural infant-feeding method.”

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