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Health promotion practice. May 2022 25:15248399221096414. doi: 10.1177/15248399221096414. Online ahead of print.
It has been well documented in the literature that breastfeeding has many benefits for mothers and their infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding until 1 year of age or beyond, depending on the wishes of the mother and child. infant ; however, many mothers face obstacles in achieving this goal. Specifically, we noticed that at our Rainbow Center for Women and Children (the Center), few mothers were successful in obtaining exclusive or sustained breastfeeding. This study aimed to determine the views of Center stakeholders regarding barriers to breastfeeding in an underserved patient population and to develop a set of breastfeeding interventions from these responses to improve rates of breastfeeding. ‘feeding with milk. We then asked participants, including mothers, providers, and staff, about support and comfort with the knowledge gained during the intervention period. Although our study was unable to document a clear or lasting improvement in participants’ support or comfort related to breastfeeding over a 6-month period, we did further our knowledge of the barriers to breastfeeding and We concluded that interventions to improve breastfeeding rates will likely need to be initiated at a systems level, not just at the individual patient and provider level, and with the joint support of all stakeholders.