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Early Suckling and Prolonged Breast-feeding

Paul M. Taylor, MD; Judith A. Maloni, RN, MN; David R. Brown, MD
Am J Dis Child. 1986;140(2):151-154. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1986.02140160069036.
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• We determined the duration of breast-feeding for 362 full-term infants of middle- and upper-class mothers. The median duration of breast-feeding was five months for infants whose mothers elected to postpone physical contact (n=94), four months for infants whose mothers elected early physical contact but later suckling (n=82), and 8.5 months for infants whose mothers elected to suckle during early contact (n=186). The rate of decline of breast-feeding was significantly slower for infants who were suckled early than for those who were first suckled later. The association between early suckling and prolonged breast-feeding was not affected by the infant's gender or maternal parity.

(AJDC 1986;140:151-154)

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