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J Pediatr Nurs. 2000 Apr;15(2):73-81.

Explaining infant feeding style of low-income black women.

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  • 1Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, Charleston 29425, USA.


Unstructured interviews were conducted with 10 low-income black women to explore infant feeding style. Formula-feeding with early introduction of cereal in the bottle was the most common pattern used by mothers in the first 3 months. By 6 months, formula-fed infants had a complex diet of a variety of foods. Half the women intended to breast-feed, but only one exclusively breast-fed. Beliefs about healthy infants and crying influenced feeding. There was a lack of knowledge about and support for breast-feeding in these women's environment. Support and advice about infant feeding from the health care system were uneven.

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