Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 545–547

A Practical Intervention to Increase Breastfeeding Initiation Among Cambodian Women in the US

  • Sharon Galvin
  • Xena Grossman
  • Lori Feldman-Winter
  • Jana Chaudhuri
  • Anne Merewood

DOI: 10.1007/s10995-007-0263-7

Cite this article as:
Galvin, S., Grossman, X., Feldman-Winter, L. et al. Matern Child Health J (2008) 12: 545. doi:10.1007/s10995-007-0263-7


Cambodians have the lowest breastfeeding initiation rate of any racial/ethnic group in Massachusetts. One barrier to breastfeeding is a lack of hospital foods that allow women to follow a traditional diet postpartum. We examined whether a culturally acceptable menu for new Cambodian mothers would increase breastfeeding initiation in the hospital. After a staff training program on breastfeeding, and the creation of a Cambodian menu, initiation rates increased significantly more in Cambodians than in non-Cambodians. Pre intervention, breastfeeding initiation was 16.7% (2/12) among Cambodians, compared to 60.6% (106/175) among non-Cambodians (P = 0.003). Post intervention, there was no significant difference between breastfeeding initiation rates among Cambodian women (66.7%; 8/12) compared to non-Cambodians (68.9%; 104/151) (P = 0.874).


CambodianCulturally competent careBreastfeedingHospital menu

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon Galvin
    • 1
  • Xena Grossman
    • 2
  • Lori Feldman-Winter
    • 3
  • Jana Chaudhuri
    • 4
  • Anne Merewood
    • 5
  1. 1.Division of Maternal/ChildSaints Medical CenterLowellUSA
  2. 2.The Breastfeeding CenterBoston Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsThe Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper-UMDNJ-RWJMSCamdenUSA
  4. 4.Division of General PediatricsBoston Medical CenterBostonUSA
  5. 5.Division of General Pediatrics, Boston Medical CenterBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA