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new study finds that if a new mother develops concerns about breastfeeding
within the first two weeks postpartum, it increases their chances of stopping
interviewed more than 2,700 first-time moms. They found breastfeeding concerns
within the first 14 days, at 30 days, or at 60 days postpartum decreased their
chances of sticking with it.
first week is very critical," said Dr. Sara Lappe. "If moms are having any
problems with nursing, any pain, difficulty with latch, anything else, they're
much, much less likely to be continuing nursing at two months."
Lappe did not take part in the study, but she is a pediatrician at Cleveland
most predominant concern in the study was difficulty with latching, followed by
breastfeeding pain, and milk quantity concerns. Researchers say developing
confidence with every new mom and providing adequate support can help women
Lappe says breastfeeding is not always easy, so new moms should use all the
resources that are available.
you have your child, go to breastfeeding classes, talk to your friends that
have nursed their infants, talk to your pediatrician at the pre-natal visit and
talk about your plan and how you're going to make breastfeeding successful,"
Ohio's La Leche League has trained
mothers who can help struggling first-timers. They offer a breastfeeding group
that meets once a month.