Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Focus -

ALTHOUGH breast­feed­ing ini­ti­a­tion rates in de­vel­oped coun­tries such as Australia, Swe­den and the UK are high, the ma­jor­ity of women do not ex­clu­sively breast­feed for six months as rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, says Curtin Uni­ver­sity Pro­fes­sor of Mid­wifery Yvonne Hauck.

“The de­clin­ing rates for breast­feed­ing vary be­tween coun­tries and it is dif­fi­cult to ex­plain the dif­fer­ent trends in de­clin­ing preva­lence,” she said.

Curtin Uni­ver­sity’s School of Nurs­ing & Mid­wifery is con­duct­ing a re­search project, as part of an in­ter­na­tional study, to ex­plore WA women’s per­cep­tions of what en­abled them to con­tinue breast­feed­ing for at least six months.

It is seek­ing women who are presently breast­feed­ing or have stopped breast­feed­ing within the past 12 months but man­aged to breast­feed for at least six months.

Call Pro­fes­sor Hauck on 9266 2076 or email

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