Ka'nisténhsera Teiakotíhsnie's

A Native Community Rekindles the Tradition of Breastfeeding

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Low breastfeeding rates are a public health concern; particularly affected are women of low socioeconomic status. Of these people, First Nations are among the most vulnerable and need creative solutions aimed at protecting human lactation. Kanesatake, a rural Mohawk community in Quebec, Canada, is no exception to this observation. However, what is occurring among this small, rural First Nations territory is a shift from bottle-feeding to breastfeeding its young. Nurses and health care professionals who promote breastfeeding may find useful synergies in the culturally competent, community-based interventions that are being obtained among these people within the positive lifestyle choice of breastfeeding.

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