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Intervention To Improve Breastfeeding Indicators in Allegheny County Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Participants

Fann, Melissa (2012) Intervention To Improve Breastfeeding Indicators in Allegheny County Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Participants. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Breastfeeding is the optimal method of infant nutrition. Breastfeeding can provide protection from a number of pediatric conditions. However, breastfeeding initiation and breastfeeding continuation rates are below recommended levels in the United States. Improving breastfeeding rates in the United States could significantly decrease infant morbidity and mortality resulting from a number of these conditions. Thus this issue is relevant to public health practice. Rates are particularly low amongst participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This presents a challenge for public health professionals. Proposed is an intervention to increase breastfeeding rates in the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania WIC program by utilizing a breastfeeding peer counseling model and, secondarily, health care provider partnerships to educate participants about the benefits of breastfeeding. The proposed intervention is outlined in two phases along with the proposed budget and evaluation plan. The proposed budget and justification would be suitable for supporting documentation for a Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) grant funding application.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Fann, Melissa
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduGBARRONUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDocumet, Patriciapdocumet@pitt.eduPDOCUMETUNSPECIFIED
Date: 13 December 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peer, Counseling, WIC, Breastfeeding
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2013 15:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 12:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16461

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