Breastfeeding Support For Criminalized Women in Canada

PAYNTER, M & SNELGROVE-CLARKE, E.  JOURNAL OF HUMAN LACTATION. 33(4), 672-676

Women are the fastest growing population in Canadian prisons and most women in prison are mothers (Pate, 2017). There is increasing critical press attention to pregnancy while imprisoned (Dimmick & Armstrong, 2013; Foote, 2017) and scholarship on the benefits of prison nurseries (Abbott, 2016; Fritz & Whiteacre, 2016; Goshin, Byrne, & Hennigar, 2014). Several federal prisons in Canada have active Mother-Child Programs through which children up to age 7 years may live with their mothers in custody (Correctional Services Canada, 2016). Yet, there is almost no research and little practical scholarship on breastfeeding support for criminalized women. This article provides insight into practice for breastfeeding support for criminalized women based on experiences from a services program in Nova Scotia (NS), Canada, and offers strategies for practitioners to better meet the needs of the criminalized breastfeeding population.

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Grace Szucs