Acculturation and Intention to Breastfeed among a Population of Predominantly Puerto Rican Women.

TitleAcculturation and Intention to Breastfeed among a Population of Predominantly Puerto Rican Women.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
Authorsde Mendoza, V. Barcelona, Harville E., Theall K., Buekens P., & Chasan-Taber L.
JournalBirth
Date Published2015 Nov 10
ISSN1523-536X
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Latinas have high overall breastfeeding initiation rates, yet Puerto Ricans have among the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rates. This study sought to determine if acculturation was associated with intent to breastfeed in a predominantly Puerto Rican population.

METHODS: A cohort of Latina women were enrolled in Proyecto Buena Salud, and provided information on infant feeding intent (n = 1,323). Acculturation was assessed via the Psychological Acculturation Scale (PAS), language preference, and generation in the United States.

RESULTS: Increasing acculturation as measured by English language preference (aOR 0.61 [95% CI 0.42-0.88]) and second or third generation in the United States (aOR 0.70 [95% CI 0.52-0.95)] was inversely associated with odds of intending to exclusively breastfeed. Similarly, women with higher levels of acculturation as measured by the PAS (aOR 0.67 [95% CI 0.45-0.99]), English language preference (aOR 0.48 [95% CI 0.33-0.70]) and second or third generation in the United States (aOR 0.42 [95% CI 0.31-0.58]) were less likely to report intent to combination feed as compared with women with lower acculturation.

CONCLUSIONS: Acculturation was inversely associated with intent to exclusively breastfeed and intent to combination feed in this predominantly Puerto Rican sample.

DOI10.1111/birt.12199
Alternate JournalBirth
PubMed ID26554873
Grant ListR01 DK064902 / DK / NIDDK NIH HHS / United States
T32 HD057780 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States