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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