Most global medical associations have guidelines that recommend breast-feeding babies for at least six months.
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But in real life, not all mothers can breastfeed during this time. Often, babies 3 months old are already breast-fed.
This fact cannot but put pressure on mothers who hear reproaches from doctors or relatives who refer to norms.
Women may not have milk at all, or not enough milk to feed the baby for several reasons. And an attempt to comply with the norm can only worsen the emotional health of a woman.
Experts are increasingly defending moms, talking about the effects of pressure on women.
In a recent study published in the journal Women's Health Care, experts called for an additional study of maternal stress, associated not only with breastfeeding, but also with the pressure mothers get because they feel the need and need to breastfeed.
Contrary to what is generally believed that breastfeeding is better, in fact, in many public health recommendations, this issue has a special place. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for example, in its recommendation on supporting mothers, says that women who cannot breastfeed often experience anxiety, and therefore their condition should be monitored by specialists.
However, even in the United States, this problem is still not able to devote enough attention to, and experts recommend revising some norms of communication between medical personnel and mothers.
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