Institute for Global Health


The determinants of non-initiation and early cessation of breast-feeding in Haringey

Project Summary 

Aim: To explore the reasons for non-uptake and early cessation of breastfeeding with health professionals and mothers in  three of the most deprived wards of Haringey.  

Methods: Survey of infant feeding intentions of expectant women, in addition to interviews with new mothers and key informants whose jobs include supporting women to breastfeed. 

Results: Around three quarters of women expressed the intention to breast feed, but insufficient support postnatally, and especially after returning home, was blamed by many for early cessation. Key informants acknowledged that  constraints within the system lead women  to stop breastfeeding too early.

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