Dr. Kerri Raissian Helps Bring a New Nuance to Breastfeeding

Kerri Raissian

Our fellow DPP Assistant Professor, Dr. Kerri Raissian, co-authored The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health published in the Social Science and Medicine: Population Health journal.  The article was featured in UConn Today’s Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’.  Dr. Raissian and Dr. Houston Su’s research brings access to healthcare information for expecting mothers into light.  They found that a prenatal mother’s intention to breast feed reflects their knowledge, attitude, and social norms about infant feeding.  The infants whose mothers intended to breast feed had fewer incidents of ear infections, respiratory syncytial viruses, and used fewer antibiotics during the first year.  Since multiple health organizations recommend breastfeeding for the first six months, the authors realize that mothers who do not intend to breast feed may not be aware of this information, which means they have limited access to healthcare services.  The article concludes that policy intervention is needed in order to improve the health of infants.

Read Dr. Raissian and Dr. Houston Su’s The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health

Read UConn Today’s Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’