We are excited to highlight resources in support of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1st – August 7th. World Breastfeeding Week is sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action whose purpose is to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding worldwide. We believe we can contribute to this goal by educating ourselves and others, and we want to do just that.
For many mothers, breastfeeding can be overwhelming. It brings on a new set of challenges that add to the challenge of taking care of a newborn baby. Additional hurdles may appear when nursing moms return to work. Although breastfeeding can seem stressful, it does come with benefits for mom and baby.
Breastfeeding week provides us with the opportunity to share some of our scholarly resources that explore these challenges and benefits. We have chosen some of our favorite articles, videos, and books regarding breastfeeding and its importance to the health of mothers, their children, and their communities. (Electronic resources require a Clayton State username and password for off-campus access)
General Information on Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. (1963). Physical book published by La Leche League International.
- The Breastfeeding Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know. (1996) Electronic book by Sara Rosenthal
- Feeding Your Baby (streaming video)
This program demonstrates breastfeeding positions and techniques, as well as breast milk storage. It also covers bottle feeding, choosing a formula, bottle and nipple care, and feeding techniques. (17 minutes)
- Nutrition for Infants and Children (streaming video)
This video explains the importance of good nutrition for newborns, infants, and toddlers and examines its beneficial effects on their growth and development. (26 minutes)
- The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story (streaming video)
This film looks at postnatal care, public policies, and cultural norms related to breastfeeding in the U.S. and Sweden. Experts explain the nutritional, physiological, immunological, and psychological benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child. (1:33:15)
Challenges and Overcoming Barriers to Breastfeeding
Mothers face physical, social, and emotional challenges to initiating and continuing breastfeeding. PRO TIP-> try these keywords for further research: breastfeeding, lactation, nursing, barriers, challenges, struggles, pain, social, emotion*, difficult*, attitude
- Demirci, J.R., Happ, M.B., Bogen, D.L., Albrecht, S.A., and Cohen, S.M. (2015). Weighing worth against uncertain work: The interplay of exhaustion, ambiguity, hope and disappointment in mothers breastfeeding late preterm infants. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 11, 59-72.
- Desmond, D. & Meaney, S. (2016). A qualitative study investigating the barriers to returning to work for breastfeeding mothers in Ireland. International Breastfeeding Journal, 11, 1-9.
- Kent, J.C., Ashton, E., Hardwick, C.M., Rowan, M.K., Chia, E.S., Fairclough, K.A., … Geddes, D.T. (2015). Nipple pain in breastfeeding mothers: Incidence, causes, and treatment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 12247-63.
- Leeming, D., Williamson, I., Lyttle, S., & Johnson, S. (2013). Socially sensitive lactation: Exploring the social context of breastfeeding. Psychology & Health, 28, 450-468.
- Thrower, A.C., & Peoples, M. (2015). Creating tipping points to eliminate breastfeeding barriers. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 30, 28-30.
The articles below highlight a few of the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and children. PRO TIP-> To narrow your search to specific benefits, try a mix of these search terms: breastfeeding, benefits, child, mother, outcomes, health, “mental health”, obesity, “oral health”
- Borra, C., Iacovou, M., Sevilla, A. (2015). New evidence on breastfeeding and postpartum depression: The importance of understanding women’s intentions. Maternal & Child Health Journal, 19, 897-907.
- Godfrey, J.R. & Lawrence, R.A. (2010). Toward optimal health: The maternal benefits of breastfeeding. Journal of Women’s Health, 19,
- Moss, B. & Yeaton, W. (2014). Early childhood healthy and obese weight status: Potentially protective benefits of breastfeeding and delaying solid foods. Maternal & Child Health Journal, 18, 1224-1232.
- Salone, L.R., Vann, Jr., W.F., & Dee, D.L. (2013). Infant nutrition: Breastfeeding. An overview of oral and general health benefits. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 144, 143-151. (available through InterLibrary Loan)
The 2016 theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “A Key to Sustainable Development”, seeking to raise awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) identified by the United Nations in 2015. Learn more about the SDG’s here. PRO TIP-> use the Boolean operator “AND” to connect the keyword “breastfeeding” with a keyword from an SDG to continue searching. Examples: breastfeeding AND “clean water”; breastfeeding AND poverty
- Gribble, K.D., & Berry, N.J. (2011) Emergency preparedness for those who care for infants in developed country contexts. International Breastfeeding Journal, 6, 16-28.
- Rippeyoung, P.L.F. (2013). Can breastfeeding solve inequality? The relative mediating impact of breastfeeding and home environment on poverty gaps in Canadian child cognitive skills. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 38, 65-85.
- Rylander, C., Odland, J. O., & Sandanger, T.M. (2013). Climate change and the potential effects on maternal and pregnancy outcomes: An assessment of the most vulnerable – the mother, fetus, and newborn child. Global Health Action, 6, 1-9.
- Wiener, R.C., Sambamoorthy, U., Hayes, S.E. & Chertok, I.R.A. (2016). Association of breastfeeding and the federal poverty level: National Survey of Family Growth, 2011-2013. Epidemiology Research International, 2016, 1-7.
Alternatives to Breastfeeding
Whether by choice or necessity, many women turn to other options to nourish their babies, such as milk-sharing or infant formula. We have a number of resources with more information about these alternatives. PRO TIP-> use these keywords for your own research: “milk sharing”, “infant formula”, risks, benefits, “human milk”, breastfeeding AND alternatives
- Infant Formulas (streaming video)
Infant formulas are food products designed to provide for the nutritional needs of infants under 1 year old. They include powders, concentrated liquids, or ready-to-use forms and vary in nutrients, calorie count, taste, ability to be digested, and cost. (2:37)
- Borschel, M.W., Baggs, G.E., & Barrett-Reis, B. (2014). Growth of healthy term infants fed ready-to-feed and powdered forms of an extensively hydrolyzed casein-based infant formula: A randomized, blinded, controlled trial. Clinical Pediatrics, 53, 585-92.
- Fahlquist, J.N. (2016). Experience of non-breastfeeding mothers. Nursing Ethics, 23, 231-241.
- Gribble, K.D. (2014). ‘A better alternative’: Why women use peer-to-peer shared milk. Breastfeeding Review, 22, 11-21.
- Gribble, K.D. & Hausman, B.L. (2012). Milk sharing and formula feeding: Infant feeding risks in comparative perspective? Australasian Medical Journal, 5, 275-283.
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action believes that “breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers”. We hope you find these resources helpful in furthering your awareness about breastfeeding and its impact on individuals and the world.