Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Rates

Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding Rates

Here’s another interesting infographic that looks at both maternity leave and breastfeeding rates in some developed countries. There are a number of studies that show a positive correlation between length of maternity leave and breastfeeding rates, but it is hard to see major trends in this particular graphic. There are many variables that influence breastfeeding rates from country to country, and maternity leave is only one of them.

What about the maternal health impact of suboptimal breastfeeding?

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An analysis that is missing half the equation I was pleased to see Melissa Bartick’s effort to appraise US policy-makers of the economic costs of suboptimal breastfeeding. However, any analysis that is missing the effects of lactation on maternal health will grossly underestimate the true costs to the US of suboptimal breastfeeding.

From AOL News: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program

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Opinion: Pediatricians Need to Get With the Breastfeeding Program Given my own experience, I naturally assumed that every pediatrician was trained to help babies and mothers succeed at nursing — guiding them through the difficulties and answering questions. But many aren’t, and as we learned this week, the cost in health and dollars is significant.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration, by State www.cdc.gov The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding to age 6 months and continued breastfeeding for at least the first year of life. The Healthy People 2010 targets for initiating breastfeeding, breastfeeding to age 6 months, and breastfeeding to age 12 month…

Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity?

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Do attitudes about formula explain breastfeeding disparity? http://blacktating.blogspot.com/ A new research study conducted at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has found that black mothers’ attitudes about formula may explain disparate breastfeeding rates. According to the study, moms of all races (Black, White, Hispanic and Asian) are equally comfortable with the idea of breastfeeding…

Canadian breastfeeding report

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Toronto Public Health – Breastfeeding www.toronto.ca Toronto Public Health (TPH) has released a report showing that Toronto birthing hospitals need to do more to support women to breastfeed, and in particular, to breastfeed exclusively up to six months after giving birth. A couple of stories about the report: New study on impact of free formula […]