Women's experiences of infant feeding support in the first 6 weeks post-birth

Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Maternal And Child Nutrition, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 138 - 150
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Research suggests women find the first 2 to 6 weeks to be the most difficult time for breastfeeding. It has been identified that women need and seek support with breastfeeding during this time. Support is a difficult concept to define.When discussed by professionals, support for breastfeeding is generally viewed in terms of providing information and educational interventions.There is little understanding of the different elements of breastfeeding support strategies and the mechanisms by which support operates. Further, there is a paucity of qualitative research specifically reporting women's experiences and expectations of professional support.
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