3046.0 Evaluating Breastfeeding Programs

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:30 AM
Infant feeding practices establish the foundation for lifelong health through physiological and behavioral pathways. Even though breastfeeding is “the preferred choice of feeding for all infants,” only 11.3% of infants are breastfed exclusively for six months—the AAP recommendation. Breastfeeding is not more widely adopted because of the lack of support at a fundamental level. The health care system and the formula industry, and not just individual mothers' choices, have contributed to suboptimal infant nutrition. This session discusses system level changes to improve exclusive breastfeeding, including maternal standards and establishing hospital and provider training and resources. Individual factors including maternal depression, confidence and competing demands are also examined in the context of the ecological model.
Session Objectives: Describe methods to improve exclusive breastfeeding through system changes. Examine individual factors that effect exclusive breastfeeding including maternal depression and confidence.
Mary Rose Tully, MPH, IBCLC and Jan Weingrad Smith, Cnm, MPH
Ann M. Dozier, RN, PhD

9:24 AM
9:42 AM
Factors associated with early skin-to-skin mother/infant contact during the first 3 hours following birth
Leslie Bramson, DrPH, RN, IBCLC, Jerry W. Lee, PhD, Susanne Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS, Elizabeth Moore, RN PhD, Christine Neish, PhD and Khaled Bahjri, MPH MD

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition, Latino Caucus, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)