concerns impact the duration of breastfeeding, according to a study in the
October 2013 issue of Pediatrics, “Breastfeeding Concerns at 3 and 7 DaysPostpartum and Feeding Status at 2 Months” (published online Sept. 23). The authors
conducted 2,713 interviews with first-time mothers and found that breastfeeding
concerns within the first 14 days postpartum are significantly linked to the
duration of breastfeeding. Interviews were conducted during pregnancy, 24 hours
after giving birth and again at 3, 7, 14, 30 and 60 days postpartum.
Breastfeeding concerns at any of these points were significantly associated
with increased risk of stopping breastfeeding and starting to use formula. The
most predominant concern was difficulty with infant feeding at the breast (52
percent), followed by breastfeeding pain (44 percent) and milk quantity
concerns (40 percent). The authors conclude that future efforts to increase
breastfeeding duration should focus on protective factors (such as confidence
in successful breastfeeding and adequate support) and resolving concerns as
early as possible.
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