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Experiences of breastfeeding during COVID‐19: Lessons for future practical and emotional support

A large breastfeeding support study in Sweden was carried out in the early summer of 2020 comprised of 1,219 participants with 495 giving birth before the pandemic and 724 giving birth during it. Of those who stopped breastfeeding during the pandemic, 91.3% of participants had given birth during the pandemic compared with 8.7% who gave birth before. The majority of these infants (82.5%) were age 6 weeks or younger. The pandemic strongly affected the breastfeeding rate, possibly due to the lack of social and lactation support from professionals, peers and family.

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