by Savitha C Muppala on  May 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM Women Health News
 Extended Maternity Leave Improves Breast-Feeding Rates
A recent research has revealed the positive impact of extended maternity leave on breast feeding rates which improved drastically.

Public health researchers from the University of South Carolina found that women whose maternity leave was more than six weeks stood a greater chance of beginning breast-feeding, and continuing for more than six months. Further, such women showed a greater likelihood of exclusive breast-feeding beyond three months, as compared to women who resumed work within one and six weeks following childbirth.

"Based on our findings, if women delay their return to work, then the prevalence of breast-feeding in the U.S. may increase," says Saundra Glover, associate dean for health disparities and social justice in the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Source: Medindia

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