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American Samoan fathers strongly support breastfeeding education for fathers

A survey of 15 fathers from American Samoan investigated their views about breastfeeding. The fathers showed strong support for breastfeeding—the best way to feed a child, build the mother-baby bond, save money, and maintain cultural norms. The fathers strongly supported more breastfeeding education for fathers. They emphasised the need for practical advice, rather than information about why breastfeeding is important (which they understood already).

Source: Family Included
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  • Legislation could support breastfeeding practices to grow to 100 per cent

    Samoa should develop a national breastfeeding policy and ratify international maternity protections to better support women with newborns, says a public health specialist. The United Nations reports 81 per cent of Samoa’s babies are being breastfed from birth, and seven in 10 are being exclusively breastfed for their first six months, which are results to be commended. But the remaining 19 per cent of babies need to be addressed, and Christina Soti-Ulberg believes both national and international plans could go a long way to improve the situation.

    Source: Samoa Observer
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  • Fulbright Scholar wants to inspire other Samoans

    After a year of researching barriers to primary health care on a Fulbright Scholarship with the Ministry of Health, Samoan Californian Trevor Anesi is going back to the United States to continue his medical training. He said being in Samoa meant he met family he'd never met before, a deeper connection with his roots, and importantly: a chance to see his own people in leadership roles: a not so common sight in his home of the USA.

    Source: Samoa Observer
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  • ASCC-ACNR Land Grant screens new "Edutainment" films

    The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Land Grant division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) recently held a special presentation titled “See the Change You Want to Be, and Be the Change You Want to See” which included the premiere screening of two new health awareness films produced specifically for American Samoa.

    Source: Samoa News
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  • Two films on health premiere at Land Grant

    Two new health awareness films produced specifically for American Samoa had their premiere showing recently at the Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Land Grant division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).

    Source: Talanei
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