Qualitative Study on WIC Program Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding Practices in Puerto Rico: What do Nutritionist/Dieticians Think?
By Ruiz M, Arroyo H, Davilia T, Matos V, Reyes O
The purpose of this study is to better understand Nutritionist-Dietician opinions concerning WIC Program strategies to promote breastfeeding in Puerto Rico. Four groups of nutritionists-dietitians were recruited to take part in focus group discussions. Each focus group lasted for approximately 1 h and the researchers completed a debriefing sheet after each meeting. The group discussions were taped and transcribed. The participants identified hospital barriers, lack of family support and problems related to the mother as the three principal reasons that Puerto Rican mothers do not breastfeed their babies or stop breastfeeding early. An individual meeting was the most frequently mentioned WIC strategy that was meant to convince mothers to breastfeed their infants. Nevertheless, the focus group participants recognized that the effort and time available for such meetings is limited. From these groups, one theme that emerged is that the WIC Program in Puerto Rico should collaborate with hospitals to arrange for WIC-sponsored nutritionist-dietitians to visit the WIC participants during their maternity hospital stay, and in their homes.
March 16, 2018
Ruiz M, Arroyo H, Davilia T, Matos V, Reyes O (2011) Qualitative Study on WIC Program Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding Practices in Puerto Rico: What do Nutritionist/Dieticians Think? Maternal & Child Health Journal: Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 520-526. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-010-0592-9