Perspectives on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology from the Allied Health Care Professional| Volume 19, ISSUE 2, P131-132, April 2006

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The Breastfeeding Teen

      The benefits of breastfeeding to the health of infants and mothers have been well documented.
      • Hale T.W.
      Medications and Mothers Milk.
      A less quantifiable positive effect of breastfeeding is the increase in the mother's self-esteem and confidence as a mother if she has successfully initiated breastfeeding.
      • Labbok M.H.
      Health sequelae of breastfeeding for the mother.
      This boost to self-esteem is particularly noticeable in the teen mom. A common characteristic of teens who either consciously or unconsciously choose to become pregnant is a sense of failure, of never having achieved something worthwhile. Pregnancy and childbirth provides them with a sense of accomplishment, but they absolutely beam with pride when they successfully initiate and persevere with breastfeeding their baby.
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