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Archived Comments for: A qualitative study of the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding by health professionals in Niamey, Niger

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  1. Breastfeeding Challenges World-wide Evident in Nacogdoches, TX

    Carrie Wright, Mom's Depot

    15 November 2010

    In 2010 I see many of the same challenges outlined in this article mirrored for mothers in rural America. Certainly the challenges that the health care workers in Niger are dealing with are heightened in comparison to our workers, however the end result for the mothers in Niger is the same as that of those here in rural Nacogdoches, TX. Mothers here receive conflicting advice about breastfeeding, rarely receive breastfeeding education from their primary care provider, and are plied with commercial advertisements of formula during their extremely short hospital stay (24-48 hrs on average). Although we boast a 75% initiation rate in my home state, less than 1/2 of those mothers leave the hospital exclusively breastfeeding. This is a sad reality for mothers and easily solved by a change in hospital policy and expectation. I appreciate this type of qualitative study which continues to highlight the plight faced by new mothers and babies world-wide.

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