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Breastfeeding in Depressed Mother-Infant Dyads

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Depressed versus non-depressed mothers were interviewed on their breastfeeding practices and perceptions of their infants' feeding behavior when their infants were eight-months-old. The depressed mothers less often breastfed, they stopped breastfeeding their infants significantly earlier in infancy and they scored lower on a breastfeeding confidence scale. Independent of maternal depression, mothers who breastfed rather than bottle fed their infants had higher confidence levels and rated their infants as less alert and less irritable during feedings.
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Keywords: Bottlefeeding; Breastfeeding; Depressed mothers

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine, P.O. Box 016820, Miami, FL 33101, USA

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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