Breast-Feeding Problems Common for First-Time Moms - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Breast-Feeding Problems Common for First-Time Moms

A new study by Cincinnati Children’s indicates breast-feeding problems are a nearly universal experience for first-time moms. In fact, those who have difficulty nursing are nearly 10 times more likely to abandon breast-feeding within two months.

“We’re mammals and we’ve evolved through this. Even so, I was still surprised by the magnitude of breast-feeding problems and didn’t expect to see such a strong link with stopping breast-feeding,” said study author Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, an assistant research professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s. “We as a society need to look at how we provide new mothers with breast-feeding support at home.”

The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, showed more than 75 percent of American mothers begin breast-feeding when their babies are born, but only half meet their own goals for how long they continue. And just 13 percent exclusively breast-feed for six months, the duration recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, according to study documents.

Read more about the study in U.S. News & World Report.


Subscribe today for more stories, tips and updates.

Cincinnati Children’s News Team

About the Author:

The members of the news team at Cincinnati Children's are responsible for telling the stories of the medical center. Stories of the families we serve, research and clinical care, safe and healthy practices and happenings at the hospital. If it has to do with Cincinnati Children's, Danielle, Nick, Jim, Kate, Rachel, Terry and Shannon will keep you informed.

Write a comment


No Comments Yet! You can be first to comment on this post!