As a human services professional, one of the first steps for you to help someone make a positive change in his or her life is to understand the actual or perceived barriers to change.
Consider the following example:
Though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, research indicates that only about 43% of US infants are breastfeeding at six months (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2009).
Review the professional literature–articles from peer reviewed journals and relevant textbooks, in order to identify and discuss at least two potential barriers to breastfeeding.
Discuss how the two barriers can be reduced or eliminated.
The promotion of breastfeeding is important, since this practice has been identified as a global public health initiative (American Public Health Association, 2007). Generate and discuss ideas for promoting breastfeeding and supporting breastfeeding mothers.
Discuss the impact of various cultural variables on breastfeeding.
Support your answers with at least three sources from professional literature—articles from peer-reviewed journals and relevant textbooks. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA format); and use accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Breastfeeding among U.S.
children born 2000–2009. CDC National Immunization Survey. Retrieved
American Public Health Association (2007). A call to action on breastfeeding:
A fundamental public health issue. Retrieved from http://www.apha.org/