The benefits of breastfeeding to the health of infants and mothers have been well documented.
1A 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.
- Hale T.W.
Medications and Mothers Milk.
(10th ed.). Pharmasoft Publishing, Amarillo, Texas2002
2This 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.
- Labbok M.H.
Health sequelae of breastfeeding for the mother.
Clin Perinatol. 1999; 26: 491
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Section Editors: Angela Nicoletti, MS, RNC, WHNP, and Margaret Tonelli, MSN, NPBrigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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