Breast feeding: reasons for giving up and transient lactational crises

Acta Paediatr Scand. 1982 May;71(3):447-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.1982.tb09450.x.


A prospective study of the course of breast feeding was carried out in a group of 150 mothers. The reasons for terminating breast feeding before six months and the occurrence of transient lactational crises were recorded. 23% of the mothers gave up breast feeding because of lactational difficulties. 12% stopped for external reasons and 65% carried on beyond six months. 36% of mothers experienced one or more transient lactational crises, which were successfully overcome by proper breast feeding techniques in a few days.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lactation*
  • Pregnancy