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Evaluating bilingual peer support for breastfeeding in a local Sure Start

Ahmed, S., Macfarlane, A. J., Naylor, J. & Hastings, J. (2006). Evaluating bilingual peer support for breastfeeding in a local Sure Start. British Journal of Midwifery, 14(8), pp. 467-470. doi: 10.12968/bjom.2006.14.8.21640


In Tower Hamlets, the Bangladeshi women have a very low rate of breastfeeding and the difference between their intentions to breastfeed and actually breastfeeding is far wider than for women from other ethnic groups. In Bangladesh, breastfeeding is well rooted in its own traditional culture. A Sure Start local programme funded a Bangladeshi support worker to work with childbearing Bangladeshi women in the area; many of who are not fluent in English. A short evaluation of this work was conducted to assess the impact of bilingual breastfeeding support to women’s uptake and duration of breastfeeding. The majority of women found the support worker to be the most helpful breastfeeding advisor and felt she influenced them to breastfeed. Despite this, a minority of women exclusively breastfed and most reported having problems feeding during hospital stay. This evaluation highlighted the need for further work in this area.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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