Breastfeeding Mothers Need Support and Encouragement – Medical News Today (click to see original article)
This article claims that more support is needed to help women overcome doubts in the hope that they will breastfeed their babies for longer. The World Health Organization recommends that infants be exclusively fed breast milk for the first six months of life. A study conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada found that new moms are weaning their infants early instead of feeding them just breast milk for the first six months of life. The study surveyed 402 pregnant women at three months postpartum and 300 of them again at the six-month mark, and found that though almost 99 percent of the women started out breastfeeding their babies, only 54 percent were still exclusively breastfeeding three months after giving birth. That number dropped again to 15 percent by six months, in line with the national average, which is also low for breastfeeding. More than half of the women in the study stopped breastfeeding because of their perceptions of milk inadequacy or other problems.