17 Mar Support programs help moms extend breast-feeding time
Support programs for new mothers help them to breast-feed their babies for longer periods and to keep breast milk as the baby’s only source of nutrition, according to a new review of existing evidence.
The researchers concluded that breast-feeding support – whether educational or just encouraging – by trained professionals or lay people generally benefited women and their babies.
“Breast-feeding is really important,” said lead author Alison McFadden, who directs the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of Dundee in the UK. “Good support will help mothers to breastfeed longer and breastfeed exclusively, which of course is good for mothers and babies.”
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