Support for rural mums encourages breastfeeding


Thursday, 24 August, 2017

Support for rural mums encourages breastfeeding

Australian researchers have found that mums in rural areas of Western Australia who had access to professional advice and support were more likely to breastfeed for longer.

Four hundred new mums in rural WA were surveyed eight times about their feeding methods over one year. They found that women who had attended babycare classes while pregnant were less likely to stop breastfeeding before their baby was six months old.

More support groups and classes for new mums in rural areas may help more infants meet the World Health Organization guideline for exclusive breastfeeding to six months of age, say the researchers.

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