Maggie Receives Buffett Travel Grant!

Maggie Receives Buffett Travel Grant!

Maggie Butler, a first year PhD student, received the Buffet Institute for Global Studies’ Graduate Student Conference Travel Award for her upcoming attendance to the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (March 21-23, 2018). She will be sharing preliminary qualitative analyses from the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) study in her presentation “Unbreastfed”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity for infant feeding.

Maggie will draw on draw on responses to an open-ended question about the ways in which water insecurity affects how infants (<12 months) are fed from from 11 of the 23 current HWISE sites. She found that water insecurity is harmful to breastfeeding and complementary feeding through three main pathways: economic, maternal mental health, and maternal and infant physical health. These data indicate how breastfeeding and other infant caretaking practices are adversely affected by a lack of access to regular supply of adequate water.