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Breastfeeding Barriers
Barriers that cause women to discontinue nursing too soon:
  • Lack of support from the child's father
  • Lack of support from family and friends
  • Hospital practices that interfere with breastfeeding 
  • Misperceptions about milk supply 
  • No timely follow-up to questions or problems that arise after hospital discharge
  • Lack of workplace support for breastfeeding
  • Lack of acceptance by the community and society in general
  • Widespread advertising and promotion of infant formula (free formula or coupons in hospital discharge packs, mailing coupons for free or discounted formula directly to new parents, television and magazine advertising)
  • The common portrayal of bottle-feeding in the mass media