Breastfeeding Patterns in a Community of Native Hawaiian Mothers Participating in WIC
By Dodgson J, Codier E, Saiwi P, Oneha M, Pagano I
Although Hawaii has high breastfeeding initiation rates (89%), Native Hawaiian WIC participants have much lower initiation (64%) rates. Little is known about why these disparities occur. The study’s aim was to describe the breastfeeding patterns of Hawaiian/part-Hawaiianwomen enrolled in the WIC who had initiated breastfeeding. Retrospective descriptive data (N=200) were gathered from WIC records. Descriptive and parametric statistics with univariate and multivariate analysis of breastfeeding patterns were completed. Mothersexclusively breastfeeding at initiation weaned significantly later and were significantly more likely to breastfeed for 6 months than were mothers who partially breastfed. Practice and policy implications of these findings are discussed.
March 16, 2018
Dodgson J, Codier E, Saiwi P, Oneha M, Pagano I (2007) Breastfeeding Patterns in a Community of Native Hawaiian Mothers Participating in WIC. Family & Community Health: Vol. 30, Supplement 2, pp. S46-S58. Available online: https://journals.lww.com/familyandcommunityhealth/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2007&issue=04001&article=00007&type=abstract