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(Toledo News Now) -

A new study finds that if a new mother develops concerns about breastfeeding within the first two weeks postpartum, it increases their chances of stopping breastfeeding altogether.

Researchers interviewed more than 2,700 first-time moms. They found breastfeeding concerns within the first 14 days, at 30 days, or at 60 days postpartum decreased their chances of sticking with it.

"That first week is very critical," said Dr. Sara Lappe. "If moms are having any problems with nursing, any pain, difficulty with latch, anything else, they're much, much less likely to be continuing nursing at two months."

Dr. Lappe did not take part in the study, but she is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children's.

The most predominant concern in the study was difficulty with latching, followed by breastfeeding pain, and milk quantity concerns. Researchers say developing confidence with every new mom and providing adequate support can help women breastfeed longer.

Dr. Lappe says breastfeeding is not always easy, so new moms should use all the resources that are available.

"Before you have your child, go to breastfeeding classes, talk to your friends that have nursed their infants, talk to your pediatrician at the pre-natal visit and talk about your plan and how you're going to make breastfeeding successful," she said.

Northwest Ohio's La Leche League has trained mothers who can help struggling first-timers. They offer a breastfeeding group that meets once a month.

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