National WIC Association

Social and institutional factors that affect breastfeeding duration among WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California

Langellier BA, et al. Social and institutional factors that affect breastfeeding duration among WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California. Matern Child Health J. Dec 2012;16(9):1887-1895.

The authors investigated the impact of in-hospital breastfeeding, receipt of a formula discharge pack, and maternal return to work on the long-term breastfeeding outcomes of 4,725 WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California. It was found that mothers who exclusively breastfed in the hospital were 8 times as likely to reach the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of breastfeeding for 12 months or longer, than mothers who did not breastfeed in the hospital.