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Exploration of African-American women's infant feeding choices.
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PMID:  20364724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It is well documented in the literature that breastfeeding is more beneficial for infants and mothers than is formula feeding. Yet, African-American women are least likely to initiate and continue breastfeeding compared to other ethnic groups. Few studies have examined African-American women's infant feeding choices from the women's perspectives. Therefore, the purpose of this exploratory study was to examine African-American women's infant feeding choices with individual narrative interviews at 3 weeks postpartum. Five African-American women participated. After coding and analyzing the narrative interviews, three major themes with sub-themes emerged that identified influencing factors on participants' choices and their opinions about other women who chose formula. The women willingly shared their rationales for their infant feeding methods. In an effort to develop and implement culturally appropriate interventions and to increase breastfeeding rates in this population, further exploration of infant feeding choices from the women's perspectives is needed.
Karen Robinson; Leona VandeVusse
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0885-6028     ISO Abbreviation:  J Natl Black Nurses Assoc     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-06     Completed Date:  2010-04-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703519     Medline TA:  J Natl Black Nurses Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-7     Citation Subset:  N    
Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / education,  ethnology*,  statistics & numerical data
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
Bottle Feeding / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Breast Feeding / ethnology*,  statistics & numerical data
Choice Behavior*
Educational Status
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Services Needs and Demand
Marital Status / statistics & numerical data
Mothers / education,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Nursing Methodology Research
Pilot Projects
Qualitative Research
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors

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