Barriers to Breastfeeding Research (2018)
Background: The premature cessation of breastfeeding across the world is an issue that causes 820,000 deaths in children under the age of five and costs countries more than $300 billion annually, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) (Global Breastfeeding Collective, 2017).
Intervention: After selection for The National Science I-Corps grant, for six months I interviewed >300 mothers and key stakeholders such as clinicians working with infants to gather qualitative data and identify the primary barriers to breastfeeding.
Results: Women experience latching pain, frustration, and increased time to feed after introducing standard bottles that do not match maternal shape, feel, and flow. This results in the primary barrier to breastfeeding: nipple confusion.