Poster Presentation

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This presentation is part of : MCH Invited Posters
Improving Exclusive Breastfeeding Outcomes in Low-Income Hispanic Women
Robyn Baran, RN, BSN, PHN and Maria S. Dominguez-Wilson, RN, PHN, MSN/FNP, BC. Health Care Agency, County of Orange, Santa Ana, CA, USA
Learning Objective #1: increase knowledge regarding exclusive breastfeeding rates in Orange County, CA.
Learning Objective #2: describe interventions used by the Public Health Team, including Public Health Nurses, to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates among low-income Hispanic women.

The current Healthy People 2010 goal for breastfeeding in the early postpartum period is 75 %. This objective does not clearly state whether this means “any breastfeeding” (which would be breastfeeding plus the use of formula) or “exclusive breastfeeding” which has been defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as the infant’s consumption of human milk, with no supplementation of any type except for vitamins, minerals and medications. The actual rate of Hispanic women in 2004 living in Costa Mesa who exclusively breastfed their infants at initiation of breastfeeding, between 12 and 72 hours after delivery, was 13.7%.

 Breastfeeding has been shown to have health benefits for both infants and their mothers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months and to continue breastfeeding until the infant is at least 12 months old, after the introduction of solid foods. According to Healthy People 2010, increasing breastfeeding rates among low-income women is an important public health goal.

Two evidence-based interventions to improve breastfeeding rates and duration are prenatal breastfeeding education and postpartum breastfeeding support. The purpose of this project was to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates among low-income Hispanic women in Costa Mesa, California by three to five percent at initiation of breastfeeding through coordination and collaboration of breastfeeding services including prenatal education and postpartum support.