College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Sociocultural Influences on the Determinants of Breastfeeding by Latin Mothers in the Cincinnati Area

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Title

Family & Community Health

ISSN

0160-6379

Volume

33

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

While breast-feeding initiation and duration among US Latina women appear to decrease with acculturation, health care providers in the Greater Cincinnati area have noted lower rates of breast-feeding among even first-generation Latina immigrants. This study's purpose was to identify determinants of breast-feeding for Latina mothers in Cincinnati through qualitative interviews and Spanish Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale ratings. Our findings suggest that, along with similar levels of breast-feeding self-confidence, foreign-born Latina women in the Greater Cincinnati area share similar breast-feeding determinants with the general population. However, characteristics of these determinants and their impact vary because of unique pressures experienced by this community.

DOI

10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181f3b2be

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