To Breast Feed or Not to Breastfeed

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Breastfeeding rates are continually increasing. The nutritional benefit of breast over formula is a long established fact. “According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding rates improved nationwide in 2000-2008, and some of the greatest improvement was among black women. However, only about 59 percent of black mothers breastfed in 2008, compared to 80 percent of Hispanic mothers and about 75 percent of white mothers. For 2008 rates of breastfeeding at a baby’s first birthday, the number was about 23 percent overall but only 12.5 percent for black mothers. That low rate still marks a near doubling of rates among black mothers compared to the year 2000” (Currie, 2013).It is the recommended method of feeding an infant for at least the first six months of life. Breastfeeding has benefits to both mothers and their babies. The baby receives immunity to protect it from disease. Financially, breastfeeding can significantly reduce the burden of having a new child. Many mothers initiate breastfeeding in the hospital; however, the number of women who breastfeed until six months is very low (Guyer, Millward, & Berger, 2012). Breastfeeding is highly favored over bottle feeding. Yet, mothers still do not choose to continually breastfeed their infants. Do mothers who breastfeed during hospitalization have limitations or no desire to continue versus mothers who breastfeed for the recommended six months or longer at home? Women do not breastfeed long enough. Although healthcare workers try to promote the breast method, many women do not continue with it. Breastfeeding does come with challenges; however, the phrase “breast is best” is the role of the nurse in conjunction with education. A mother a... ... middle of paper ... ...feeding experiences and implications for professionals. British Journal Of Midwifery, 20(10), 724-733. Husserl, E. (1963). Phenomenology and the crisis of philosophy. (Q. Lauer, Trans.) New York: Harper and Row. Noble-Carr, D., & Bell, C. (2012). Exposed: Younger mothers and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Review, 20(3), 27-38. Weddig, J., Baker, S. S., & Auld, G. (2011). Perspectives of hospital-based nurses on breastfeeding initiation best practices. JOGNN: Journal Of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 40(2), 166-178. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01232.x Wilson, D. R., Cooper, C., Plunk, K., & Severson, M. (2012). Overcoming breastfeeding challenges: A qualitative inquiry. Clinical Lactation, 3(4), 155-160. Whelan, B., McEvoy, S., Eldin, N., & Kearney, J. (2011). What primary health professionals need to promote breastfeeding. Practice Nursing, 22(1), 35-39.
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