-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return
to work full-time are less likely to stick with their
breast-feeding goals than those who go back to work part-time, a
new study finds.
"Support for a mother's delayed return to paid employment, or return at part-time hours, may help more mothers achieve their breast-feeding intentions," the researchers wrote. "This may increase breast-feeding rates and have important public health implications for U.S. mothers and infants."
Breast-feeding is known to provide health benefits for infants
and their mothers.
The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,200 new mothers in
the United States and found that nearly 29 percent of those who
intended to breast-feed for three months did not meet that
Compared to mothers who stayed home for at least three months
after giving birth, mothers who returned to work full-time within
six weeks were 2.25 times less likely to meet their three-month
breast-feeding goal. Mothers who returned to work full-time between
six weeks and three months after giving birth were 1.82 times less
likely to achieve that goal, the study found.
There was no link between returning to work part-time and
failure to meet the three-month breast-feeding goal, according to
the study published July 17 in the
Journal of Human Lactation.
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