National WIC Association

Breastfeeding among high-risk inner-city African-American mothers: a risky choice?

Furman LM, et al. Breastfeeding among high-risk inner-city African-American mothers: a risky choice? Breastfeed Med. Feb 2012;8(1):58-67.

This study investigated barriers to breastfeeding faced by inner-city African-American women. The following themes emerged from focus groups: low self-esteem, low self-efficacy, fear of social isolation, formula as a cultural norm, worries about breastfeeding in public, challenging family relationships, negative postpartum hospital experiences, and lack of support after going home.