Breast feeding in Cambridge, England: factors affecting the mother's milk supply
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 253–261, May 1979
How to Cite
Whichelow, M. J. (1979), Breast feeding in Cambridge, England: factors affecting the mother's milk supply. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 4: 253–261. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1979.tb03007.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 8 December 1978
Smokers were more likely to have given up breast feeding between 2 weeks and 3 months than non-smokers but smoking was not associated with any particular weaning reason. Women taking a contraceptive pill during lactation more often experienced a diminution of milk supply than non-pill-takers.
Sustained lactation benefits the mother since those who were still breast feeding were less likely to suffer from depression or fatigue at 3 months, and were more likely to have lost weight. The early introduction of solids was less frequent among infants being breast fed at 3 months.