Demographics of Breastfeeding

SSS health researchers Jodi Cisewski and Kathleen McCann were the authors of a poster presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. The poster Analysis of Demographic Differences in Intent to Breastfeed and Sustained Breastfeeding in The National Children’s Study described the results of an analysis of breastfeeding data from the National Children’s Study (NCS) and found them to be consistent with national estimates: women who sustain breastfeeding at 6 months tend to be non-Hispanic white, older, and married; live within a Metropolitan Statistical Area; have a higher education; and not receive benefits from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The comparability of NCS to national estimates argues for the representativeness of the NCS cohort for breastfeeding analyses. Additionally, the NCS Archive sample collection can provide breast milk samples for laboratory analysis.