In a recent study, Disparities in Breastfeeding Duration of New York City Latinx Mothers by Birth Region Lauren Gerchow, MS, RN, IBCLC, a PhD Student, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, and co-authors Allison Squires and Simon Jones, made some interesting discoveries. For Gerchow, there were reasons for conducting this particular study.

“Both my family and work histories came together as motivating factors for this project. As a nurse home visitor for the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in both New York City and San Francisco, I worked with Latinx families from all of the regions included in the study. In addition, my father’s family is from Costa Rica,” says Gerchow. “Through my work as a home visitor, I learned of both shared and distinct aspects of my own family’s culture and the cultures of my Latinx clients and how cultural beliefs and patterns translate into health behaviors. I wanted this study to emphasize that Latin America encompasses an enormous geographic region, where a multitude of cultures comprise the Latinx identity, and that grouping distinct groups into a single category can perpetuate health disparities.”

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