Does Breastfeeding Initiation Vary by WIC Participation and Race/Ethnicity? An Examination of Long-Term Trends from 2009-2017

JAN 11

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is hosting a Connect & Explore webinar that will explore “Breastfeeding Initiation Trends by WIC Participation and Race/Ethnicity Among Medicaid Births,” a research study soon to appear in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 

Join us on January 11, 2023, from 3:00-4:00 pm ET for a first-hand look at the long-term breastfeeding initiation trends by prenatal WIC participation. The paper uses birth certificate data from a sample of 24 states over the period 2009-2017 to examine trends in breastfeeding initiation among WIC-participating women on Medicaid compared to those not on WIC. The large number of women included in the dataset allowed the assessment of trends among different population groups including American Indian/Alaska Natives and Asian/Pacific Islanders. This unique information supports current efforts to improve breastfeeding, a protective factor against childhood obesity, among women from diverse groups that participate in WIC programs. Amanda Reat, with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will also discuss how WIC is working to promote breastfeeding and reduce breastfeeding disparities. 


  • Marie Elizabeth Thoma, PhD, MHS, University of Maryland 
  • Amanda Reat, PhD, RD, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • Joanne Guthrie, PhD, MPH, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • Leslie Hodges, PhD, MA, U.S. Department of Agriculture 

This session will be especially informative for advocates for women and children’s health, whether you are a practitioner, researcher, government official, or student. This webinar is free, but you must register to receive access. Space is limited so tell a colleague and register today!