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Breastfeeding Attitudes of WIC Staff: A Descriptive Study

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Abstract:

A sample of staff members from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC program) were interviewed about breastfeeding and their perceptions of WIC recipients' views on breastfeeding. WIC staff members universally supported breastfeeding and expressed desires for more linkages between WIC agencies and perinatal education specialists in childbirth education classes, as well as with mothers during their postpartum hospital stay. The WIC staff members in this study reported on a variety of beliefs about breastfeeding held by their WIC clients, including cultural beliefs, the importance of family support, and experiences of pain during breastfeeding.

Keywords: breastfeeding

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: ELIZABETH REIFSNIDER is an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 2: SARA GILL is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. 3: PATTY VILLARREAL is a pediatric nurse practitioner for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District in Texas. 4: MINDY TINKLE is Intramural Program Director for Research and Training at the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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