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Food Parenting Practices in Rural Poverty Context

Abstract Little is known about how low-income, rural mothers shape child eating behaviors. Descriptive and qualitative analysis of 55 mothers’ surveys and in-depth interviews with 17 mothers in Washington state […]

Limited Supermarket Availability Is Not Associated With Obesity Risk Among Participants in the Kansas WIC Program

The researchers examines the availability of food stores for low-income women in Kansas and investigated whether food store availability was associated with obesity, using data from women participating in the WIC Program in Kansas. Most WIC recipients lived within 1 mile of a small grocery store, and there was an association of density of any type of food store with obesity in micropolitan areas.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Intervention Program to Increase Breastfeeding Duration Among Low-Income Women

This research aimed to test the effect of the intervention program (Dennis's Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Theory) on duration of breastfeeding. The women who were assigned to a breastfeeding self-efficacy intervention showed significantly greater increases in breastfeeding duration and self-efficacy than did the women in the control group. The results of this study suggested that the 1-hour breastfeeding intervention program during the prenatal period might increase the duration of breastfeeding in low-income women who intend to breastfeed.

Factors that Influence Breastfeeding Decisions among Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participants from Central Louisiana

This study investigated factors that impacted the decision to breastfeed and looked at the effect of formula provided by WIC on breastfeeding initiation and duration among WIC participants in a rural parish in central Louisiana. Participants felt that the incentives provided to encourage breastfeeding did not affect their decisions to breastfeed. The majority (96%) of the participants in this study indicated that WIC provide effective and clear education about the benefits of breastfeeding and that this advice influenced their decision to breastfeed their children.

Maternal Variables Influencing Duration of Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Mothers

This study investigated the relationship between mothers who breastfed exclusively and those who breastfed partially, as well as the duration of breastfeeding. The results showed that the mothers who breastfed exclusively breastfed longer, were older, and had lower body mass indexes than those mothers who partially breastfed.