Study: Why some new moms stop breastfeeding early

A new study reports if a new mom develops concerns about breastfeeding within the first two weeks postpartum, it increases the chance they will stop breastfeeding altogether.

"That first week is very critical," said Dr. Sara Lappe a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic. "If moms are having any problems with nursing, any pain, difficulty with latch, anything else, they're much, much less likely to be continuing nursing at two-months of age."

Researchers interviewed more than 2700 first-time moms and found if there are breastfeeding concerns within the first 60 days postpartum, it decreased mom's chances of sticking with it.

The most predominant concern was difficulty with latching, followed by breastfeeding pain, and milk quantity concerns. Researchers said developing confidence with every new mom and providing adequate support can help women to breastfeed longer.

Breastfeeding is not always easy, Lappe said, so new moms should use all of the resources that are available.

"Before you have your child, go to breastfeeding classes, talk to your friends that have nursed their infants," Lappe said. "Talk to your pediatrician at the pre-natal visit, and talk about your plan and how you're going to make breastfeeding successful."

Complete findings for this study are available online in the journal "Pediatrics."

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