National WIC Association

Factors related to breastfeeding discontinuation between hospital discharge and 2 weeks postpartum

Brand E, et al. Factors related to breastfeeding discontinuation between hospital discharge and 2 weeks postpartum. J Perinat Educ. Winter 2011;20(1):36-44.

Researchers used data from a longitudinal study of postpartum depression to examine factors related to very early discontinuation of breastfeeding (at 2 weeks postpartum). They concluded that expectant and new mothers, especially women who encounter multiple barriers to continuing breastfeeding, could increase duration rates if  they are (1) educated about the benefits of breastfeeding and (2) supported in developing efficient techniques and problem-solving skills.