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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.

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