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.
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