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Breastfeeding as a public health responsibility: a review of the evidence, Amy Brown

Although intention to breastfeed in Western culture is high, many women stop breastfeeding before they are ready. From a physiological perspective, rates of primary milk insufficiency or contraindications to breastfeed should be low. However, numerous women encounter numerous barriers to breastfeeding, many of which occur at the social, cultural and political level and are therefore outside of maternal control.

This review identifies and examines the impact of these barriers and considers how public health services should play a central role in creating a supportive breastfeeding environment.

Breastfeeding as a public health responsibility: a review of the evidence