Establishing Successful Breastfeeding in the Newborn Period

Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, One Rope Ferry Road, Hanover, NH 03755, USA. Electronic address: .
Pediatric Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.12). 02/2013; 60(1):147-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.09.013
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The first days after delivery of a newborn infant are critical for breastfeeding establishment. Successful initiation and continuation-especially of exclusive breastfeeding-have become public health priorities, but it is fraught with many individual- and systems-level barriers. In this article, we review how hospital newborn services can be constructed or restructured to support the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad so that they can achieve high levels of breastfeeding success. Important positive and negative factors from the prenatal period, and the preparation for hospital discharge are also discussed.

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