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CONTACT: Celia Besore, MBA, CAE, Executive Director/CEO,
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For immediate release:

National Survey Shows Hispanic Mothers Want Support for
their Infant Feeding Choices

Ninety-six percent of Hispanic mothers surveyed say, "It should be my decision how I choose
to feed my baby."

Washington, DC (February 14, 2013) — Hispanic mothers want to continue making their own infant feeding decisions and they want unrestricted access to infant feeding information, according to a recent national survey. The new survey also shows that Hispanic mothers in the United States do not agree with hospital or government policy that limits their access to educational information on infant formula and samples during their hospital stay.

The nationally representative survey of mothers with children under 12 months was conducted by the bipartisan
team of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) and sampled opinions of more than 1,000 moms (210 of which identified as Hispanic).

"Hispanic mothers are telling us that they want to feel supported by hospitals and healthcare providers whether they choose to breastfeed or formula feed," said Anna Greenberg, Senior Vice President at GQRR. "Being fully informed is important to moms and they trust hospitals to not restrict their access to infant feeding information and formula samples."

Key Findings

  • 62 percent of Hispanic mothers have already decided how to feed their babies before entering the hospital
  • 79 percent of Hispanic mothers get infant feeding information from their doctors and nurses
  • Hispanic moms reported not being able to produce enough breast milk, having to go back to work or school, and the cost of a breast pump as the three biggest barriers to feeding their baby breast milk
  • 93 percent of Hispanic mothers said restricting the use of formula in the hospital would not have changed their decision on whether or not to breastfeed or how long they breastfed
  • 91 percent of Hispanic mothers approve of hospitals giving out hospital discharge bags with infant formula samples and 83 percent said they used the samples they were given
  • 72 percent of Hispanic mothers opposed hospital policies that restrict hospital discharge bags with infant feeding information and infant formula samples and 82 percent opposed government restrictions on hospitals hospital discharge bags

"The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) believes that breastfeeding is the ideal infant feeding choice. However, we also believe it's important that moms receive information on both breastfeeding and infant formula." said Jose Alejandro, President of NAHN, "According to the new survey, only 55 percent of Hispanic moms polled reported receiving educational material on infant formula. Hispanic mothers that do not receive information on safe preparation and use of formula may be at a disadvantage."

When asked what actions could help increase breastfeeding in the U.S., 24 percent of Hispanic mothers said, "guaranteeing paid maternity leave or longer maternity leave" and 28 percent of Hispanic mothers who received health and nutrition assistance through Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) said, "providing more support from health care professionals after mothers leave the hospital, including home visits following birth." Hispanic moms also said they would like more breastfeeding support in the workplace.

"These are areas where healthcare providers, the government and employers could do more to support Hispanic mothers to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates," Alejandro added.

Hispanic mothers identified a number of other barriers that either prevented them from initiating or continuing breastfeeding- the most common of which include the inability to produce enough milk and problems associated with breastfeeding (e.g., sore or cracked nipples, engorged or leaking breasts, breasts infected or abscessed).

"Many Hispanic mothers want to breastfeed," stated Greenberg, "but oftentimes they realize that when it's time to go back to work, continuing to exclusively breastfeed and maintain their milk supply can be difficult without adequate support."

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Note to Editors: Between August 8 and September 3, 2012, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Public Opinion Strategies interviewed 1,001 mothers of children age 12 months or younger throughout the country. This sample included an oversample of 210 Hispanic mothers. Mothers of multiples, pre-mature babies and adopted babies were screened out to give us a sample of mothers without medically determined or influenced decisions about how to feed their children. The overall margin of error of this survey is +/- 3.10. This research was sponsored by the International Formula Council, an association of manufacturers and marketers of formulated nutrition products. For more information on the findings of this survey, please visit www.MomsFeedingFreedom.com.

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NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.

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