Langellier BA, et al. Social and institutional factors that affect breastfeeding duration among WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California. Matern Child Health J. Dec 2012;16(9):1887-1895.
The authors investigated the impact of in-hospital breastfeeding, receipt of a formula discharge pack, and maternal return to work on the long-term breastfeeding outcomes of 4,725 WIC participants in Los Angeles County, California. It was found that mothers who exclusively breastfed in the hospital were 8 times as likely to reach the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of breastfeeding for 12 months or longer, than mothers who did not breastfeed in the hospital.