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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to identify postpartum concerns of breastfeeding mothers from hospital discharge through the first month postpartum. The sample (N = 32) consisted of first time breastfeeding mothers with uncomplicated vaginal deliveries who planned to breastfeed for at least one month. Subjects were telephoned daily for the first two weeks and twice a week for the third and fourth weeks post-hospital discharge. During the study period, 97% of the mothers reported concerns regarding their infant (210 total concerns), 81% reported concerns about themselves (237 total concerns), and only 19% reported concerns about interactions with family or friends (15 total concerns).