Misconceptions and barriers to breastfeeding in Chinese American patients at a community health center in New York City: Preliminary findings from a needs assessment
Methods: Exploration of misconceptions and barriers to breastfeeding in Chinese American mothers was completed through a mixed methods data collection approach involving a patient survey, provider focus groups and community informant interviews.
Results: Strong interconnections between the community, family, and individual perceptions of breastfeeding played major roles in influencing Chinese American mothers’ preference for formula feeding over breastfeeding. Several identified barriers include lack of social support, financial instability, lack of breastfeeding knowledge, and lack of access to linguistically sensitive health care resources at hospital delivery units.
Conclusions: A key strategy to increase breastfeeding rates within the target population is to increase community awareness and support for breastfeeding, targeting the knowledge level of the adults and/or caregivers in the household. The provision of culturally sensitive counseling, education, and support, especially at critical times before and after birth, can potentially lead to an increase in the percentage of new mothers initiating breastfeeding, exclusively breastfeeding, and lengthening the duration of breastfeeding.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
List 3 barriers to breastfeeding encountered by Chinese American women in New York City
Keyword(s): Breastfeeding, Asian Americans
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received my BS and MPH in Public Health. For the past ten years I have worked to develop and implement projects on a variety of pediatric and womenâs health issues, aimed on increasing access to quality affordable healthcare. My work has focused on the needs the Asian American community within a community health center setting. I am responsible for the development and oversight of multiple projects across a variety of women's health issues.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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