The Effects of Socioeconomics on Breastfeeding Mothers in Carter County: A Paper on Exclusivity and Breastfeeding
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Over the course of the last few years, breastfeeding has regained popularity, and it has once again become rather normal that an upper or middle class woman will breastfeed her child after it is born. Most pediatricians even encourage new mothers to breastfeed exclusively to benefit the child and the mom. Unfortunately, most low-income women both nationally and locally deal with socioeconomic factors that prevent them from exclusively breastfeeding. Women in Carter County TN deal with many obstacles that they have to overcome to provide breast milk for their child. I will take a closer look at the relationship between the socioeconomic factors of prevention. I will investigate the ways that local and national pediatricians, lactation consultants, and advocates of breastfeeding can partner with these mothers in their breastfeeding journey. Focusing on ways to encourage lactation, I will defend and advocate for the low-income breastfeeding mother by exploring and brainstorming practical ways to enable women to breastfeed exclusively.