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Implications for practice and research
Formula supplementation in hospital increases risk of breastfeeding cessation.
The more formula received, the greater the risk of cessation.
Almost half of infants of mothers who intended to breastfeed received formula supplementation in hospital.
Many reasons for which supplements were given could be solved through breastfeeding support rather than supplementation.
Breastfeeding is established as beneficial to infant and maternal health1 and the WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months.2 However, levels of breastfeeding remain low. Reasons for breastfeeding cessation involve both physiological and psychosocial factors.3 Increasing attention …
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