Center for Pediatric Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Breastfeeding While Incarcerated: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Integrating Policy and Practice.
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J Correct Health Care
Breastfeeding and pumping to express human milk are restricted practices for incarcerated women, and their infants are at high risk for not receiving human milk. Clinical practice guidelines are not applied to perinatal women who are incarcerated, and the rates of breastfeeding and the potential to do so in correctional facilities are extrapolated from small studies. The purpose of this analysis is to summarize current national trends in breastfeeding and lactation policy and the extent to which lactation in correctional facilities is addressed, identify ongoing lactation support programs and strategies in correctional facilities as potential areas for further study, and offer a context-specific, adaptable, and evidence-based approach to breastfeeding and lactation support using the Spatz 10-step model. This analysis calls for strategic updates to research and policy and offers recommendations in collaboration with existing programs to increase access to breastfeeding and lactation services for incarcerated women.
Breast Feeding, Correctional Facilities, Female, Humans, Policy, Pregnancy, Prisoners
Schmitt, L., & Spatz, D. (2022). Breastfeeding While Incarcerated: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Integrating Policy and Practice.. J Correct Health Care, 28 (2), 129-137. https://doi.org/0000-0001-7316-6616