Simple steps to prevent premature cessation of breastfeeding
Premature cessation of breastfeeding is associated with numerous health disadvantages for mothers and children in both economically-advantaged and disadvantaged countries.
By protecting the breastfeeding relationship, the child and mother are protected from numerous acute and chronic diseases, as well as mental health problems.
Health professional knowledge, and the degree of support and encouragement they provide, is a key factor determining a mother’s decision to initiate and continue breastfeeding.
The impact health professionals make through supporting breastfeeding may be one of the most important contributions they can make to the health of current and future generations.