Questioning current definitions for breastfeeding research

dc.contributor.authorNoel-Weiss, Joy
dc.contributor.authorBoersma, Sonya
dc.contributor.authorKujawa-Myles, Sonya
dc.identifier.citationInternational Breastfeeding Journal. 2012 Aug 13;7(1):9
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background The aim of this paper is to examine how breastfeeding is defined for research purposes. Discussion Current breastfeeding definitions focus on the amount of breast milk an infant receives and do not encompass how a baby is fed. Our concerns are that key variables are not measured when mothers are pumping or expressing their milk and bottle feeding. It seems the breastfeeding relationship is not considered in the definition. Conclusion While we appreciate the implications of full versus partial breastfeeding in research studies, we also believe the method of infant feeding to be significant. Researchers should develop new definitions.
dc.titleQuestioning current definitions for breastfeeding research
dc.rights.holderNoel-Weiss et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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