Improving breastfeeding rates in an "at risk" population

Kathleen Louise Mellor, Helen Skouteris, Cate Nagle

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    Abstract

    A new public health frontier challenging maternity care is addressing the sub-optimal breastfeeding rates of women who are obese. Despite the World Health Organisation's recommendation that breastfeeding is initiated within the first hour of birth and continued exclusively for six months, less than half of infants and young children globally are optimally breastfed. While initiation rates of exclusive breastfeeding immediately after birth are as high as 90 percent in Australia, this rate dramatically declines in the first few weeks postpartum, with only approximately 15 percent of infants exclusively breastfed to five months of age (less than 6 months). The aim of this paper was to highlight difficulties obese women have breastfeeding and highlight implications for research and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e94-e96
    Number of pages3
    JournalWomen and Birth
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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