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CUNY Faculty Compares Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Computer Intervention for Breastfeeding among Rural Hispanic Women

Dr. Ashish Joshi, professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, along with colleagues examined the association between socio-demographic characteristics and breastfeeding knowledge, self-efficacy and a breastfeeding attrition prediction tool among rural Hispanic women in Nebraska. Their research was published in the Journal of Community Health.

Dr. Ashish Joshi
[Photo: Dr. Ashish Joshi]

Participants were enrolled during last six weeks of pregnancy. Follow-up assessments were at days three and seven, weeks two and six, and months 3 and 6 postpartum. Participants were randomized to the intervention (a computer-based breastfeeding educational support program) or to the attention control group (bilingual breastfeeding printed educational material provided during prenatal care). More than half of participants were single and had 10-12 years of education. Less than half of the participants with other children had ever breastfed.

There was a significant positive association between breastfeeding self-efficacy and the breastfeeding attrition prediction tool. Self-efficacy was strongly associated with intention to breastfeed among women in this study.

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