May/June 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - Contributor Index

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Challenges to Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration for Teen Mothers

Cota-Robles, Sonia; Pedersen, Laura; LeCroy, Craig Winston

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):173-178, May/June 2017.

Breastfeeding practices of teen participants in a community outreach program that promoted breastfeeding through prenatal and postpartum support were studied. Nearly all teens reported initiating breastfeeding but few breastfed to six months. Teens stopped breastfeeding for the same reasons reported by adult mothers. Findings highlight areas in which teen mothers' knowledge and skills can be supported to promote breastfeeding duration, including pain management and better recognition of infant cues.

Global Immunizations: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Worldwide

Macintosh, Janelle L. B.; Eden, Lacey M.; Luthy, Karlen E.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):139-145, May/June 2017.

Global immunizations save 2.5 million lives per year, yet in many areas of the world, there are low rates of immunizations. Three million people worldwide still die every year from vaccine preventable diseases; about half of those deaths are young children and infants. Barriers to immunizations are presented as well as ongoing work to improve immunization rates worldwide.

Use of Traditional Birth Practices by Chinese Women in the United States

Saito, Maki; Lyndon, Audrey

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):153-159, May/June 2017.

With globalization, many women are giving birth in countries other than where they were born. This study explores use of traditional birth practices by Chinese women in the United States. Chinese women giving birth in the United States respect traditional childbirth practices, while building their own views of each tradition by integrating an evaluation of Chinese and American perspectives.