The Milk of Human Kindness: Environmental and Human Interactions in a WIC Clinic That Influence Infant-Feeding Decisions of Black Women
By Cricco-Lizza R
In this ethnographic study, the author explores the context of Black women‘s infant-feeding decisions in an urban WIC clinic. Data were obtained from 319 people (130 Black women enrolled in WIC [BWEW], 189 relatives and friends) with close follow-up of 11 primiparous key informants during pregnancy and the first year postpartum. The major findings include (a) the WIC clinic environment set a positive tone for service, (b) WIC employees treated the women with caring and respect, (c) BWEW believed that WIC was a source of support in time of need, and (d) WIC influenced infant-feeding decisions. The availability of free formula facilitated bottle feeding, but personalized breastfeeding promotion with trusting relationships with WIC providers encouraged breastfeeding decisions for almost half of the key informants.
March 16, 2018
Cricco-Lizza R (2005) The Milk of Human Kindness: Environmental and Human Interactions in a WIC Clinic That Influence Infant-Feeding Decisions of Black Women. Qualitative Health Research: Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 525-538. Available online: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1049732304273030