National WIC Association

Breastfeeding and WIC participants: a qualitative analysis

Stolzer JM. Breastfeeding and WIC participants: a qualitative analysis. J Poverty. Nov 2010;14(4):423-442.

The author investigated why WIC participants chose particular feeding methods, identified particular barriers to breastfeeding among low-income women, and explored micro and macro factors that have the potential to increase breastfeeding rates. Results indicated that school and/or work requirements, familial influence, physician advice, and culturally constructed belief systems all heavily influenced the infant-feeding decisions of low-income women.