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Keywords:

  • Breastfeeding;
  • short separation;
  • neonatal period

ABSTRACT. Thirty term infants, who were separated 1–6 days (mean 3.3 days) from their mothers during the first week of life because of minor illnesses, were compared with 116 term non-separated infants with regard to breastfeeding. At 3 months of age the frequency of entirely breastfed infants was 37 % in the separated group versus 72 % in the non-separated group, p < 0.001. Thus a few days of separation between mothers and infants during the first week of life seems to decrease the duration of breastfeeding.