Breastfeeding patterns in a community of native Hawaiian mothers participating in WIC

Joan E. Dodgson, Estelle Codier, Pua Kaiwi, Mary Frances M. Oneha, Ian Pagano

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Although Hawaii has high breastfeeding initiation rates (89%), Native Hawaiian WIC* participants have much lower initiation (64%) rates. Little is known about why these disparities occur. The study's aim was to describe the breastfeeding patterns of Hawaiian/part-Hawaiian women enrolled in the WIC who had initiated breastfeeding. Retrospective descriptive data (N = 200) were gathered from WIC records. Descriptive and parametric statistics with univariate and multivariate analysis of breastfeeding patterns were completed. Mothers exclusively breastfeeding at initiation weaned significantly later and were significantly more likely to breastfeed for 6 months than were mothers who partially breastfed. Practice and policy implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S46-S58
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Breastfeeding
  • Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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