National WIC Association

Assessing infant breastfeeding beliefs among low-income Mexican Americans

Gill SL, et al. Assessing infant breastfeeding beliefs among low-income Mexican Americans. J Perinat Educ. Summer 2004;13(3):39-50.

This study involved conducting focus group discussions on breastfeeding beliefs and perceptions with low-income pregnant women and new mothers receiving services from WIC. Participants identified time, embarrassment, and pain as barriers to breastfeeding; discussed decision-making efforts regarding breastfeeding; identified cultural beliefs related to breastfeeding; and discussed the lack of care-provider support for breastfeeding.