- Maternal breastfeeding has been widely accepted as the gold standard for infant nutrition during the first six months of life.1
- Healthy People 2020 goals:
– 89.1% initiation of breastfeeding
– 60.6% breastfeeding for 6 months
– 32.4% breastfeeding for 1 year1
- Global promotion of breastfeeding though Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
– Started by WHO and UNICEF in 1991 to assist hospitals in facilitating and promoting breastfeeding
– Provides education and skill building for all levels of staff
– Recognizes hospitals providing optimal care for infant nutrition2
- While the rates of breastfeeding have increased nationally since 1990, the rates among African American women lag behind those of White and Hispanic women. 3
- To determine if patterns at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) mirror national trends, we performed a retrospective chart review to analyze how breastfeeding rates differed between African American and White patients.
- This will provide a standard against which to measure future breastfeeding rates and trends in this patient population.
Recommended CitationHorowitz, Rachel; Burcher, MD, Theresa; Wolf, MD, Abigail; and Mercier MD MPH, Rebecca J., "Comparison of Breastfeeding among White and African American Patients Delivering at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital" (2015). CWiC-PH. Poster 44.