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Breastfeeding

Nothing else in the field of Obstetrics seems to be as emotive as breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding should be encouraged as a routine however some mothers may not be able to breastfeed or choose to bottle-feed and they should certainly not feel ostracized as a result.

There are many benefits to breastfeeding -

Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

 

There are some conditions where breastfeeding is not recommended

The contraceptive effect of breastfeeding - fully breastfeeding women have 92% contraceptive efficacy at 1 year - however this does drop once the infant has any supplemental feeds or commences solids.