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Research Letter
Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
August 2018

Barriers to Breastfeeding for US Physicians Who Are Mothers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(8):1130-1132. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.0320

The benefits of breastfeeding for both women and infants are well established.1 Despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, initiating and sustaining lactation remains a challenge for many women.2 Although 79% of mothers in the United States initiate breastfeeding, only 27% are still breastfeeding at 12 months postpartum.3

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