National WIC Association

Characteristics of teenage mothers and predictors of breastfeeding initiation in the Michigan WIC Program in 1995

Park YK, et al. Characteristics of teenage mothers and predictors of breastfeeding initiation in the Michigan WIC Program in 1995. J Hum Lact. Feb 2003;19(1):50-56.

This study analyzed breastfeeding initiation rates among Michigan preteen and teenage mothers (ages 12 to 19) by demographics and health behaviors. The results showed that for white mothers, the strongest predictor of breastfeeding initiation was education beyond high school. Black mothers were less likely to breastfeed if they had multiparous births.