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A Qualitative Evaluation of a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

The purpose of this study was to identify the program strengths, operational procedures, and improvement areas from participants; and peer counselors ; perspectives. Findings revealed that peer counselors and participants were satisfied with the quality of services for both emotional and practical assistance, as well as with the breast pumps.

Predictors of Breastfeeding Duration for Employees of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The objective of this study was to find out whether employees at WIC initiated and continued to breastfeed significantly longer than the national averages. As expected, 99% of WIC employees initiated breastfeeding, and 68.6% continued to breastfeed to 1 year, significantly exceeding national averages. Given that nearly 70% of the study participants reached the American Academy of Pediatrics goal of breastfeeding to 12 months or longer, it is clear that full-time employment and breastfeeding can be compatible, given appropriate worksite support.

A Barrier to Exclusive Breastfeeding for WIC Enrollees: Limited Use of Exclusive Breastfeeding Food Package for Mothers

This study explored reasons for high rates of formula supplementation of breastfeeding newborns enrolled in WIC and the limited use of the WIC expanded food package for mothers who breastfed. Results showed that the expanded food package for mothers was not valued. However, free supplemental formula was highly valued. Lack of access to breast pumps, the unacceptability of pumping in the workplace, and difficulties with nursing in public all contributed to formula supplementation.

Factors Identified by Nutritionists as Affecting Breastfeeding Rates Among Participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

WIC Nutritionists in Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties have positive attitudes toward breastfeeding and provide support for mothers seeking it in the form of education and resources early in pregnancy. Each clinic should have the opportunity to determine the key barriers to breastfeeding in their clinic population and find evidence-based interventions that will best serve their clients.