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Changing Disparities in Breast-Feeding

In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the effort to raise the rate of breast-feeding, particularly among women of color. Latino and African-American women have much lower rates of breast-feeding, and a new law urges hospitals to adopt practices that might increase those breast-feeding rates. The question is, given the limited amount of time women spend in the hospital after birth, how effective will those new rules be?

The report includes comments from:

  • Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of external affairs at the California Hospital Association;
  • Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, executive director of the California Breastfeeding Coalition;
  • Monique Sims-Harper, a certified lactation consultant and manager of the Women and Infant Children program in Contra Costa County; and
  • Nancy Wight, a neonatologist in San Diego (Goldberg, California Healthline, 1/13).

You can download a PDF of this report.

KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

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