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J Perinat Educ. 2005 Fall;14(4):24-35.

Development and testing of a prenatal breastfeeding education intervention for Hispanic women.

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JANE SCHLICKAU is an associate professor of nursing at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.


Many immigrant Hispanic women in the United States choose to bottle-feed rather than breastfeed. This article describes an intervention that was developed and tested in a two-step process. Two studies were undertaken. First, a qualitative inquiry explored the breastfeeding beliefs, attitudes, meanings, and practices of Hispanic women. Results informed the design of a culturally appropriate prenatal breastfeeding education intervention. Secondly, the researchers undertook a quantitative study of the intervention's success in increasing breastfeeding duration among Hispanic women. Methodology and findings of this study have implications for future interventions that promote breastfeeding.

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