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ERIC Number: EJ794205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Barriers among Iraqi Refugee Women in Jordan
Madanat, Hala; Farrell, Heather; Merrill, Ray; Cox, Erin
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v10 p138-149 2007
UNICEF data indicates that Iraqi women have lower rates of breastfeeding than other Middle East countries and that breastfeeding rates are usually even lower among refugee women. This low rate of breastfeeding may be a result of refugee women's lack of public and social support and access to health professionals. This study identifies Iraqi refugee women's barriers to breastfeeding, as well as the amount of breastfeeding education and support they received. Analyses are based on a cross-sectional survey of 80 Iraqi refugee women, currently residing in Amman, Jordan, ages 18 years of age and older who had given birth within the last year. Results indicated that the majority of these women did not receive education or assistance about breastfeeding from health professionals, family or friends before or after giving childbirth. Furthermore, relatives and friends not healthcare professionals were identified as having largest influence on the decision to breastfeed. In view of these women's unique situation, the development of a peer counseling program to meet the educational, health and social needs is recommended. Further investigation into how peer counseling programs can be used to help women in refugee situations is needed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iraq; Jordan