National WIC Association

Early postpartum: a critical period in setting the path for breastfeeding success

Gross SM, et al. Early postpartum: a critical period in setting the path for breastfeeding success. Breastfeed Med. Dec 2011;6(6):407-412.

This study explored whether breastfeeding patterns during the period between birth and postnatal WIC certification differed by participation in a local WIC agency that provided breastfeeding peer counselor support (PC), versus two comparison groups: the lactation consultant (LC) and standard care (SC) groups. The breastfeeding initiation rate was higher for the PC group, compared with the LC and SC groups. Participants in the PC group were also more likely to certify as exclusively and partially breastfeeding, compared with those in the LC and SC groups.