Title Breast for Success
AAP Grant ID 1915
Project Year 2011
City & State Cleveland, OH
Program Name CATCH Implementation
Topic Breastfeeding
Program Description
Low rates of breastfeeding among low-income inner-city mothers represent a challenging health disparity that adversely impacts child and maternal health. The objective of Breast for Success is to increase rates of breastfeeding among high-risk mothers in Cleveland via home-based culturally appropriate interventions. Key project components include a new Curriculum with brief engaging health-literate modules utilizing games, teach-reteach strategies, and interactive learning to address specific barriers identified in focus groups (e.g. pain, low milk supply, breast myths), as well as two innovative support components, the Breastfeeding Doula and Father Support Programs. Breast for Success was developed in partnership with the Cleveland Department of Public Health MomsFirst initiative, which employs Community Health Workers who deliver comprehensive home-based services prenatally through 2 years postpartum to 500 women annually. Breast for Success is a new program that piggybacks onto these home visits to provide a previously unavailable comprehensive approach to breastfeeding. Mothers and infants will be linked to underutilized Medical Home breastfeeding resources, and connected to WIC, SCHIP and Medicaid-based insurance. We will measure program success via participation logs, satisfaction questionnaires and breastfeeding rates at 1, 3 and 6 months postpartum.
1. The overall goal of Breast for Success is to increase rates of breastfeeding initiation, continuation and exclusivity among high-risk mothers in the City of Cleveland via home-based culturally appropriate interventions.
2. We will assess the feasibility of implementing each of the Breast for Success project components, including the new Curriculum, the Breastfeeding Doula and Father Support Programs, and the new CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) role.
3. We will measure the rate of any breastfeeding at one month postpartum among all participants and also among participants in the Curriculum only vs. Curriulum+Doula vs. Curriculum+Father groups and compare to historical controls (2009 data).
AAP District District V
Institutional Name Rainbow Babies and CHildren's Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Contact 1 Lydia Furman
Contact 2
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