National WIC Association

Breastfeeding ambivalence among low-income African-American and Puerto Rican women in north and central Brooklyn

Kaufman L, et al. Breastfeeding ambivalence among low-income African-American and Puerto Rican women in north and central Brooklyn. Matern Child Health J. Sep 2010;14(5):696-704.

This study was conducted to explore the breastfeeding conceptions and practices of low-income African-American and Puerto Rican women. Researchers determined that breastfeeding “ambivalence” plays a critical role in driving thought and action in women’s lives. This ambivalence erodes the permanence of breastfeeding intention, challenging breastfeeding promotion strategies.