Identifying psychosocial obstacles to breastfeeding success

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Mar-Apr 1988;17(2):98-105. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1988.tb00519.x.


Breastfeeding is an intimate process that requires psychosocial adjustment as well as technical skill. This article reviews research on the relationships of personality, family and social environments, attitudes, and emotional states to breastfeeding outcomes. Risk factors for breastfeeding difficulties are discussed, alternative feeding plans are outlined, and interventions to address psychosocial needs are described.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Attitude
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Personality