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Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne
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2/2021
vol. 37
 
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Psychological and medical advantages of breastfeeding; the role of psychological consultations for women after birth

Ewelina Okoniewska
1
,
Sylwia Gwiazdowska-Stańczak
2
,
Monika Dobrowolska
3

1.
Department of Psychology, Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland Head of the Department: Prof. Krzysztof Gąsior
2.
Department of Psychology, The John Poul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland Head of the Department: Wacław Bąk PhD
3.
Department of Obstetrics and Pregnancy Pathology, Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 1, Lublin, Poland Head of the Department: Prof. Anna Kwaśniewska
Medical Studies/Studia Medyczne 2021; 37 (2): 175–179
Online publish date: 2021/06/30
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Human milk is the best food for newborns. A lot of doctors and specialists connected with obstetrics devote themselves to informing and encouraging women to breastfeed; however, there are still problems with deciding on such a way of feeding the infant. Some women still have little knowledge about the medical and psychological advantages of breastfeeding for the newborn and herself. The article discusses the advantages of breastfeeding and the psychological problems that may block women from deciding on such a way of breastfeeding. Among the most common barriers are social pressure, a rapid desire to return to work and the anxiety associated with it, stress, postpartum depression, and lack of knowledge about the advantages of human milk. It is very important to take up this subject because often women do not breastfeed because of psychological rather than medical problems. In such a situation it is worth recommending, as well as diagnostic tests and lactation advice, also psychological consultation.
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