National WIC Association

Long-term breastfeeding support: failing mothers in need

Cross-Barnet C, et al. Long-term breastfeeding support: failing mothers in need. Matern Child Health J. Dec 2012;16(9):1926-1932.

This study analyzed mothers’ reports of breastfeeding care experiences from pregnancy through infancy. The results showed that mothers often felt that the education and support they received was cursory and inadequate. Some mothers received misinformation or encountered practitioners who were hostile or indifferent to breastfeeding. Mothers were not often given referrals to available resources, even after reporting breastfeeding challenges.