The decision not to initiate breastfeeding--women's reasons, attitudes and influencing factors--a review of the literature.

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Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia, 2011, 19 (2), pp. 9 - 17
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Breastfeeding is the biological feeding norm for human babies. Encouraging breastfeeding is a primary health promotion strategy, with studies demonstrating the risks of artificial baby milks. Each year approximately 10% of the women who give birth in New South Wales decide not to initiate breastfeeding, and the demographic characteristics of this group of women have previously been identified. This paper reviews the literature to explore the factors that influence women's decisions about breastfeeding, and their reasons for not initiating breastfeeding. The review revealed there are relatively few studies that explore the experiences of women who decide not to initiate breastfeeding, especially in the Australian context.
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