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Breastfeeding – the significant other

Patricia McVeagh

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Abstract

Breastfeeding does not come naturally, it is a learned art, and for some women it does not come easily. The backing of a significant other – a competent health professional or supportive partner – can make the difference between a mother weaning and a mother having a successful breastfeeding relationship with her infant.

Key Points

  • The backing of a competent health professional or a supportive partner can make the difference between a mother weaning and a mother breastfeeding her infant.
  • We should not be deterred from promoting best nutrition for all infants or from ensuring that mothers who decide to wean their infant early are making an informed choice.
  • Being aware of the natural history and variations in lactation is important for health professionals to help mothers prevent and manage breastfeeding problems.
  • Have available contacts of others in your area who can provide additional support for mothers, such as counsellors from the Australian Breastfeeding Association, lactation consultants and early childhood nurses.

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