3047.0 Examining Breastfeeding Promotion from a Systems Perspective

Monday, November 8, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are well below the Healthy People 2010 objective of 75% of mothers initiating breastfeeding, particularly among minority women and adolescents. Personal and social systems support is needed for successful breastfeeding experience. Lack of support for breastfeeding mothers has been consistently identified in the literature as a barrier for breastfeeding initiation and duration. Additionally, lactation services are essential for many women in overcoming challenges that may arise while breastfeeding. Academic, community based programs and supportive breastfeeding strategies and environments are presented as evidence of system level promotion for breastfeeding.
Session Objectives: 1 - Describe personal and systems support activities that benefit successful breastfeeding 2 - Discuss the potential role of community based partners, community health educators, and lactation services in the promotion of breastfeeding duration and exclusivity 3 Identify barriers, facilitators and potential mediating interventions for breastfeeding promotion
Joan E. Dodgson, PhD MPH PhD and Connie Bish, PhD, MPH
Connie Bish, PhD, MPH

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to understanding and addressing breastfeeding support among African American women
Elizabeth Jensen, MPH, Elizabeth L. Woods, MA, MPH, Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD, MPH, Sue McLaurin, MEd, PT, Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC, FABM, Sharon Baker, JD and Pamela Dardess, MPH

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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Breastfeeding Forum

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