Instinto Maternal (Maternal Instinct) is dedicated to improving breastfeeding rates among Latina migrant mothers by identifying existing breastfeeding strategies and promoting what works from within the community.
Community Health Workers provide individual and group breastfeeding education and support, and the program focuses on educating men about the importance of breastfeeding and how they can support a breastfeeding mother. The program also provides a no-cost Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training for Spanish-speaking community members to increase the presence of knowledgeable support for pregnant and new moms.
This program utilizes the novel Positive Deviant Approach to identify successful breastfeeding strategies that already exist within a community and supports the community in promoting those practices that are more likely to lead to success.
In the first year of the program, Promotoras de Salud identified mothers within the community who were successfully breastfeeding and conducted surveys, focus groups, and interviews to help identify what strategies, behaviors, and supports helped them reach success. Then, program activities and intervention strategies were developed based on the information gathered.
Community Health Workers serve in counties of Florida, Michigan and Ohio during the peak seasons when migrant farmworkers call these places home.
We appreciate the support of the Kellogg Foundation for making this program possible through a generous grant.