Date of Graduation

Fall 11-20-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Alba Diaz

Second Advisor

Mona Woo

Abstract

Breastfeeding is a beneficial way to provide food for the healthy growth and development of infants. Breastfeeding also provides many health benefits for mothers. Review of evidence based data indicates that breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months is one of the healthiest and most natural sustenance for a baby. Unfortunately, there are many barriers that prevent mothers from breastfeeding for the recommended duration. The aim of this project is to assess the level of influence that cultural upbringing has on breastfeeding in public. I administered surveys to women and men for data collection. The findings indicate that participants have strong and clear opinions about certain aspects of public breastfeeding. Closed-ended questions required very little response time and many participants elaborated on their thoughts regarding the relationship between cultural upbringing and breastfeeding. Based on these findings, one of the keys to increasing the duration of women breastfeeding is to start early breastfeeding education and continuous education during the prenatal stage. But the ultimate goal is to implement a nationwide program that provides paid maternity leave. This will greatly increase the number of mothers breastfeeding for longer durations because of increased access and resources.

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