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Does Income Level Affect Breastfeeding? - HER Daily Dose

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier takes a look at a study that tries to establish why low-income women are not meeting breastfeeding goals.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

Researchers from Michigan State University found that less than two percent of low-income women who planned to breastfeed for 12 months met their goal, compared to 50 percent of affluent women.

Health recommendations call for breastfeeding exclusively for infants up to 6 months old and breastfeeding supplemented by the introduction of solid foods until a child is 1, but federal statistics show fewer than 14 percent of infants are breastfed exclusively through even 6 months of age.

Researchers believe low-income mothers feel they have nowhere to turn when breastfeeding becomes difficult, and that physicians need to provide women with assistance that is available, affordable and easily accessible.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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EmpowHER Guest

This video covers the breast feeding dilemma that occurred at Target in a quite humorous manner, but offers some good insight – how that’s an issue, but fat, hairy men walking around shirtless is not? Worth a watch for sure.

March 28, 2012 - 12:17am
EmpowHER Guest

Breastfeeding can really become difficult at a certain point. While many may think (including myself) that it would be low-income families who will go for breastfeeding (because BF does save a lot of money as formula costs a lot), this news that we have here indicates that it is still lack of information and support that is holding these people back from getting the most out of the experience.

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March 26, 2012 - 1:49am
EmpowHER Guest

I recommend women in this situation consider contacting a local La Leche League leader. They are the absolute best when it comes to solving breastfeeding problems! I can't recommend them highly enough. Most LLL leaders are more knowledgeable about breastfeeding troubleshooting than most physicians. I was so thankful to have them in my life when I was nursing my first baby!

March 22, 2012 - 10:26pm
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