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Child Support: Students explore how to enhance breastfeeding education in Appalachia

(From Ohio University Office of Research Communications)

By Jessica Salerno
April 3, 2013

Holly Strickland recalls that she was surprised to learn that Appalachian Ohio has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the state, as the region is low-income and breastfeeding is an inexpensive infant feeding option. In a recent research project that she and psychology doctoral student Amy Borchardt helped conduct with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the senior psychology major learned why there's such a big disconnect.

The Ohio Department of Health contracted with the school to examine the barriers and facilitators to breastfeeding initiation and duration, as well as opportunities for improving breastfeeding education and support. The study was held in 19 Appalachian counties with low breastfeeding rates, and feedback was gathered from women through focus groups. 

The students, working with Voinovich School Assistant Professor Holly Raffle, co-facilitated 10 of those groups and then transcribed and analyzed responses from the female participants.

Read the full article on the Office of Research Communications website here: http://www.ohio.edu/research/communications/childsupport.cfm