National WIC Association

Rural and urban breastfeeding initiation trends in low-income women in North Carolina From 2003 to 2007

Lynch S, et al. Rural and urban breastfeeding initiation trends in low-income women in North Carolina From 2003 to 2007. J Hum Lact. Jan 2012;28(2):226-232.

The objective of this study was to examine racial, ethnic, and regional (rural versus urban) trends in breastfeeding initiation among low-income women in North Carolina, from 2003 to 2007. The research determined that women in rural areas, particularly non-Hispanic blacks, were less likely to initiate breastfeeding. Increased emphasis should be placed on developing breastfeeding interventions for rural communities, particularly targeting the non-Hispanic black population.