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The beneficial health and economic impacts of breastfeeding are considerable. However the majority of babies in the UK are not exclusively breastfeeding by 6 weeks of age. The first few weeks of life are therefore a critical period to facilitate breastfeeding. Health professionals must have a thorough knowledge of normal breastfeeding patterns in order to minimise unnecessary interference, and an understanding of how to protect the breastfeeding relationship when medical problems occur.

Original publication




Journal article


Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed

Publication Date





20 - 26


infant feeding, neonatology, Adult, Breast Feeding, Feeding Behavior, Female, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Mothers, Surveys and Questionnaires, Time Factors, United Kingdom