Post-breastfeeding stress response and breastfeeding self-efficacy as modifiable predictors of exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months postpartum: a prospective cohort study

 The purpose behind this study is to measure and maybe increase the women that exclusively breastfeed at 3 months in Japan. The methods used to follow out this study was a set of questionnaires and obtaining salivary cortisol levels. The issue faced is that there are many benefits for mothers and babies that exclusively breastfeed for a longer period of time, in this case 3 months, by mothers not doing this can experience different postpartum experiences. Concluding their research, the results found showed that the factors including no plan to return to work, confidence interval, having a degree, etc. were associated with exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months postpartum. Personally, I am aware that breastfeeding to begin with is very difficult and time consuming for mothers. However, I do think that long term breastfeeding can be very beneficial, and that people should strive for what is best for them and their child, that may consist of breast or bottle feeding. When I become a mother, I plan on trying to exclusively breastfeed for as long as I can, but I am also aware that this may not end up being what’s best for me and my child. I think that if affordable healthcare such as providing lactation consultants and professionals were easily accessible that more mothers may find breastfeeding easier.  



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Emily Gonzalez teacher December 13, 2020, 11:29 PM

Thank you Gabriella. It was very difficult, but I managed with the help of a pump to provide breast milk to my daughter for a year. In the beginning it was very stressful because my child had difficulty feeding as well as a sensitivity to dairy and soy, not to mention working and taking care of elderly parents. Please add article citation information. This is an older research article about the effects of stress on breastfeeding outcomes in low income mothers who may be juggling a lot of issues. Ann M. Dozier, Alice Nelson, Elizabeth Brownell, "The Relationship between Life Stress and Breastfeeding Outcomes among Low-Income Mothers", Advances in Preventive Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 902487, 10 pages, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/902487

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