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Factors associated with initiation and exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge: late preterm compared to 37 week gestation mother and infant cohort

Jennifer Ayton*, Emily Hansen, Stephen Quinn and Mark Nelson

International Breastfeeding Journal 2012, 7:16  doi:10.1186/1746-4358-7-16

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Respiratory distress may delay late preterm breastfeeding

Kimberly Lee   (2012-12-13 21:25)  Medical University of South Carolina

34-36 weekers are much more likely than older babies to experience respiratory distress due to lung immaturity and surfactant deficiency. The need for respiratory support is an important contributor to the delay in their initiation of breastfeeding even in the most well-intentioned of settings. Future investigation into breastfeeding initiation/duration in this population should take this variable into account.

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