Breastfeeding is the hot topic this month for those in the midst of newborn preparation, and a recent study can only fuel that fire. Researchers from Swansea University examined which moms are more likely to breastfeed and had some very distinct findings.
As it turns out, one of the dividing lines between moms who breastfed and moms who didn't was individual personality. Apparently, first time mothers who are outgoing and extroverted are more likely to breastfeed than introverted moms who experience some anxiety. And who can blame them? Breastfeeding in public is a daunting task, and no one wants to do it crammed in a bathroom stall or in the back of the car. Confident moms were also more likely to breastfeed for longer than other mothers.
This is the first study of its kind to examine the effect that personality differences can have on the likelihood that a mom will breastfeed, and it carries some interesting implications. If a shy, first time mother makes the decision and is able to breastfeed, she may need some extra support and resources to do so.
Support for moms
It's important to remember that while breastfeeding is considered to be a big part of having a baby, it isn't the only option. There are tons of great formulas to choose from, and you can also pump your milk and store it beforehand to avoid having to breastfeed in public. Don't forget there are also classes you can take for some extra support and resources, in group and individual settings.
If you're an expecting mom, remember that you can ask your doctor and nurse for help breastfeeding immediately following birth, and there are professional lactation consultations available.
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