Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About usFaculty of Behavioural and Social SciencesPsychology

Support package for breastfeeding effective

17 September 2019

Research has shown that breastfeeding has positive long-term effects for both babies and mothers. The World Health Organization recommends that all infants should be exclusively breastfeed for six months or longer, and advises to continue breastfeeding in addition to other nutrition. Many mothers experience problems with breastfeeding and stop breastfeeding sooner than they would like. These mothers benefit from professional support, conclude Sjoukje van Dellen and fellow researchers from the Psychology department.

In the study by Van Dellen and colleagues, a group of women received structural, long-term support from a lactation consultant in the form of a Breastfeeding Support Programme (BSP). The women received a total of 6 consultations, from pregnancy to 10 weeks after birth. Mothers who received the Breastfeeding Support Programme were on average 66% less likely to stop breastfeeding compared to mothers who did not receive supervision. The researchers conclude that structural, long-term counseling can help mothers with continuing breastfeeding.

Read more about the study in the now published article.

Last modified:17 September 2019 09.50 a.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands

More news

  • 08 October 2019

    Goed en slecht nieuws over de flexplek

    Steeds meer mensen werken in een ‘activiteitgerelateerde’ werkomgeving, waar ze geen vaste plek hebben maar flexibel gebruik kunnen maken van verschillende soorten plekken. Het is een prima concept, maar de uitvoering laat helaas vaak te wensen over...

  • 03 October 2019

    Zaterdag 5 oktober: Weekend van de Wetenschap - Faculteit GMW open

    Tijdens Weekend van de Wetenschap / Zpannend Zernike ervaar je bij de faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen (GMW) van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen wat gedrag is en hoe het ons beinvloedt in al ons denken, leren en samenleven.

  • 27 September 2019

    Prof. Marleen Janssen awarded Royal Decoration

    On Friday 27 September, Prof. H.J.M. Janssen was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. The Mayor of Heerenveen Tjeerd van der Zwan presented the award in Het Kasteel In Groningen.