Chuukese women needing breastfeeding support will now have access to several of our videos in their own language. Chuuk is an island which is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. There are many Chuukese families residing on the island of Guam, a commonwealth of the United States located north of Chuuk.
The videos—available at this link—were translated and narrated by a team from Guam Regional Medical City Hospital (GRMC). Health workers there had noticed a decline in early initiation of breastfeeding in their hospital. With more and more patients coming from surrounding Pacific islands, mothers whose primary language is Chuukese accounted for up to half of the births at GRMC. Because language was an obvious barrier to communication, GRMC recognized the impact translating these videos would have on bolstering breastfeeding education and awareness among Chuukese families in Guam and those residing throughout the Federated States of Micronesia.