National WIC Association

Racial/ethnic differences in breastfeeding duration among WIC-eligible families

Sparks PJ. Racial/ethnic differences in breastfeeding duration among WIC-eligible families. Womens Health Iss. Sep/Oct 2011;21(5):374-382.

This research documented racial/ethnic differences in breastfeeding duration among mothers from seven diverse racial/ethnic groups in rural and urban areas of the US. The findings suggested that breastfeeding initiation rates and breastfeeding durations of 6 months were lower among WIC-eligible mothers, compared with all mothers. WIC-eligible foreign-born Mexican-Origin Hispanic (FBMOH) mothers were most likely to breastfeed for 6 months.