NEWS: Planned children 'easier to breastfeed'
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|Wed, 02-29-2012 - 12:52am|
Maternal and newborn health research has discovered it is easier to breastfeed a baby that was planned than one that was not.
A study published in the journal Current Anthropology and authored by Durham University anthropologist Alanna Rudzik in the UK found women who did not intend to have an infant are ten times more likely to regularly feed their little ones with foods other than their own milk in the first three months after birth.
Other factors that make it more likely for new mothers to give up on nursing are being of an older age and being in unhappy relationships.
The research suggests the discomfort of mums who breastfeed - both physical and emotional - is greater in those who did not plan to give birth.
Ms Rudzik explained: "Women who had not planned to become pregnant had difficulty accepting their new role as a mother and this expressed itself in part through strong resistance to the extremely close physical connection required by breastfeeding."
The study was conducted among low-income mothers in Brazil, but other investigations have revealed many women stop nursing prematurely.
In an editorial for Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, professor of paediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in the US Dr Ruth Lawrence argued too many mums are giving up before either they or their child have received the benefits breastfeeding can provide.
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