Is Maternal Obesity a Cause of Poor Lactation Performance?


Department of Nutrition, P.O. Box 26160, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402–6170; Phone: 336–256–0310; Fax: 336–334–4129; E-mail:


Several investigators have reported a relationship between maternal obesity and low rates of initiation and duration of breast-feeding. Recent research findings suggest that poor infant feeding behavior and reduced hormonal responses in the early postpartum period result in delayed lactogenesis and early cessation of breast-feeding among overweight/obese women.