National WIC Association

What do pregnant low-income women say about breastfeeding?

Alexander A, et al. What do pregnant low-income women say about breastfeeding? Breastfeed Med. Feb 2010;5(1):17-23.

The purpose of this study was to understand the reasons for low rates of breastfeeding and the maternal selection of infant-feeding methods in African-American mothers. Results indicated that mothers wanted to breastfeed for maternal reasons, for infant-related reasons, and because others advised them to breastfeed. Mothers did not want to breastfeed for lifestyle reasons, pain-related reasons, lactation process issues, and hypothetical medical reasons.