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Extending Breastfeeding among Black and Latina Mothers: Preparing Women for the Postpartum Period

by Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP
  • Duration: 45 Mins
  • Credits: 0.75 CERP, 0.75 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: ABM Conference 2016

Breastfeeding provides substantial health benefits for children and mothers and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends breastfeeding for the first year of life. Each additional week of breastfeeding confers benefit. Unfortunately, significant racial/ethnic disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration exist in the US with black and some Latina women having lower rates of both as compared with white women. Research demonstrates that there is a link between depressive symptoms and breastfeeding duration and that lack of preparation for common physical and emotional symptoms and experiences which occur in the postpartum period may be associated with both. We share results from a randomized trial which tested a behavioral educational intervention with the secondary aim of increasing breastfeeding duration among self-identified black and Latina mothers.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe racial/ethnic disparities in US breastfeeding rates
Objective 2: To discuss the link between breastfeeding and postpartum depressive symptoms
Objective 3: To discuss the link between lack of preparation for the postpartum period with breastfeeding
Objective 4: To report findings from a behavioral educational intervention aimed at improving breastfeeding rates among self-identified black and Latina mothers.