The support of peer groups and clinicians is critical to the development of effective breast-feeding programs, according to recent UGA research. A qualitative study of 21 mothers in the Athens-Clarke County area determined that role models for successful breast-feeding help positively shape the outcomes of mothers of infants. "Mothers who received that support are more likely to be successful at breast-feeding," said study co-author Alex Anderson, an associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of foods and nutrition. "Most of them attributed the support they received to the peer counselors, which goes to show that if we have community breast-feeding peer counselors, they can help a lot of mothers." For the full story, visit this link.
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