Support and Breastfeeding: A Review


  • Linda R. Cronenwett Ph.D., R.N.,

    1. Linda R. Cronenwett is Director of Nursing Research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH 03756.
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  • Robert Reinhardt M.D.

    1. Robert Reinhardt is Assistant Director of the Family Practice Residency Program, Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.
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ABSTRACT: Support from professionals and members of a social network has been found to be associated with the initial decision to breastfeed and with breastfeeding duration. In this paper, descriptive, correlational, and quasi-experimental research on support and breastfeeding is reviewed to identify what knowledge has been gained over the past decade. New ideas for more effective professional support are suggested.