384. Myths & Misconceptions of Breastfeeding: A Cultural Perspective

Tuesday, October 29
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: 120-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149617

As our service demographic changes, in age and ethnic diversity, it is important to be equipped with the breastfeeding knowledge and tools to meet needs and establish healthy outcomes. This session will address the myths and misconceptions to best promote the practice and acceptance of breastfeeding as the norm among demographics at different ages, cultural beliefs and acculturation, and gender spheres of influence. The ultimate goal is to effectively work towards the Healthy People 2020-2030 goals for increasing breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration across the nation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify breastfeeding behaviors associated with ethnic groups and customize nutrition interventions to meet their needs
  • Outline breastfeeding barriers with ethnic groups and develop strategies to help them overcome and increase exclusivity and duration.
  • Develop strategies to include males in spheres of influence to help increase breastfeeding within their communities.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1060 Foreign language, cultures
  • 4020 Community program development
  • 4180 Women’s health (stages of life cycle)

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.3 Takes into consideration any population and environmental disparities (health, availability, finances, access) when developing programs.
  • 2.2.2 Considers and respects the opinions, creativity, values, beliefs and perspectives of others.
  • 8.1.4 Demonstrates knowledge of nutrient requirements throughout the life span and their role in health promotion and disease management.


  • Ginger Carney, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, FAND

    Director, Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

  • Speaker(s)

  • Zhanglin (Lynn) Kong, MS RDN LDN

    Program Director and Nutritionist

    South Cove WIC Program


    Director, WIC and PCAP Services

    The Brooklyn Hospital Center

  • Padmini Balagopal, RD, CD-N, LDN, CDE, IBCLC

    Consultant Clinical Nutrition & Lactation

    Nutrition Unlimited and RHD

  • Kenn Harris

    Project Director

    The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven