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  1. There are little up-to-date data available on the duration of exclusive breastfeeding in Lithuania. The aim of our study was to examine the factors that could influence exclusive breastfeeding during the first...

    Authors: Vaidilė Jakaitė, Aurelija Peštenytė, Jolita Zakarevičienė, Vilija Sniečkuvienė, Viktorija Žitkutė, Diana Ramašauskaitė and Gintautas Domža

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:22

    Content type: Research

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  2. Despite widespread suboptimal breastfeeding practices and maternal experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV), the association of IPV and breastfeeding practices remains unclear. This study investigated th...

    Authors: Christine N. Walters, Hasina Rakotomanana, Joel J. Komakech and Barbara J. Stoecker

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:20

    Content type: Research

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  3. The impact of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on the duration of breastfeeding varies between shortening and no impact. Breastfeeding seems to reduce both maternal and offspring risk for type 2 diabetes an...

    Authors: Merja K. Laine, Hannu Kautiainen, Mika Gissler, Pirjo Pennanen and Johan G. Eriksson

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:19

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  4. Exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is associated with a reduction of postnatal HIV transmission and optimal infant growth. Given that the factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding are multi-factorial and context-...

    Authors: Daniel Ter Goon, Anthony Idowu Ajayi and Oladele Vincent Adeniyi

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:18

    Content type: Research

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  5. The economic cost of not breastfeeding in Indonesia is estimated at US$1.5–9.4 billion annually, the highest in South East Asia. Half of the 33.6 million working women of reproductive age (WRA) in Indonesia (1...

    Authors: Adiatma Y. M. Siregar, Pipit Pitriyan, Donny Hardiawan, Paul Zambrano, Mireya Vilar-Compte, Graciela Ma Teruel Belismelis, Meztli Moncada, David Tamayo, Grace Carroll, Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Roger Mathisen

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:17

    Content type: Research

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  6. This article has been retracted. Please see the Retraction Notice for more detail: https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.1186/s13006-020-00335-3.

    Authors: Paschal Awingura Apanga and Maxwell Tii Kumbeni

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:16

    Content type: Retraction Note

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    The original article was published in International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:91

  7. Existing knowledge on the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in the context of Nigeria is minimal and limited to a lifelong measure of IPV experience. An abu...

    Authors: Tolulope Ariyo and Quanbao Jiang

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:15

    Content type: Research

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  8. Irrespective of the place and mode of delivery, ‘delayed’ initiation of breastfeeding beyond the first hour of birth can negatively influence maternal and newborn health outcomes. In Bangladesh, 49% of newborn...

    Authors: Shahreen Raihana, Ashraful Alam, Tanvir M. Huda and Michael J. Dibley

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:14

    Content type: Research

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  9. Despite established benefits, exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rate remains poor in India. This study measured the rate of early initiation of breastfeeding and EBF up to 42 days postpartum period and the reasons...

    Authors: Falguni Debnath, Nilanjan Mondal, Alok Kumar Deb, Debjit Chakraborty, Subhrangshu Chakraborty and Shanta Dutta

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:13

    Content type: Research

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  10. Despite the increasing rate of exclusive breastfeeding in Indonesia, there is still a need for supportive interventions. The breastfeeding self-efficacy of mothers is a key factor positively associated with op...

    Authors: Christiana Rialine Titaley, Michael J. Dibley, Iwan Ariawan, Anifatun Mu’asyaroh, Ashraful Alam, Rita Damayanti, Tran Thanh Do, Elaine Ferguson, Kyaw Htet, Mu Li, Aang Sutrisna and Umi Fahmida

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:12

    Content type: Research

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  11. Substantial evidence exists surrounding the health risks of breast milk substitutes (BMS) in place of exclusive breastfeeding among infants < 6 months of age in resource-poor settings. Yet, mothers’ experience...

    Authors: Jessica D. Rothstein, Peter J. Winch, Jessica Pachas, Lilia Z. Cabrera, Mayra Ochoa, Robert H. Gilman and Laura E. Caulfield

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:11

    Content type: Research

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  12. The exclusive breastfeeding rate in Ireland is very low with extremely slow annual growth. The population of immigrants in Ireland is increasing. Improving exclusive breastfeeding practice among immigrants may...

    Authors: Haoyue Chen, Cheng Li, Qianling Zhou, Tanya M. Cassidy, Katherine M. Younger, Siao Shen and John M. Kearney

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:10

    Content type: Research

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  13. Breastfeeding duration has declined in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in recent decades, although accurate national data about different breastfeeding indicators by infant age are lacking. This qualitative ...

    Authors: Amal Murad, Mary J. Renfrew, Andrew Symon and Heather Whitford

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:9

    Content type: Research

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  14. Emotional distress in mothers inhibits the let-down reflex, thus affecting breastfeeding self-efficacy. A breastfeeding mother may have to cope with both physical discomfort and psychological distress. However...

    Authors: Lidia Gómez, Sergio Verd, Gloria de-la-Banda, Esther Cardo, Mateu Servera, Ana Filgueira, Jaume Ponce-Taylor and Margarita Mulet

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:8

    Content type: Review

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  15. The influences of breastfeeding and infant diet in the prevention of allergy-related diseases are uncertain and many of the studies conducted on the topic are limited by methodological challenges. Our aim was ...

    Authors: Louise Ekelund, Inga Gloppen, Torbjørn Øien and Melanie Rae Simpson

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:5

    Content type: Research

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  16. Ethnic Chinese mothers in Malaysia adhere to 30 days of traditional postpartum practices (the “confinement period”) aimed at recuperation after delivery. Recently there has been an emergence of confinement cen...

    Authors: Siew Cheng Foong, May Loong Tan, Wai Cheng Foong, Jacqueline J. Ho and Fairuz Fadzilah Rahim

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:4

    Content type: Research

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  17. Breastfeeding is considered the biological norm and essential to reduce infant morbidity and mortality. Mothers are responsible for breastfeeding but the support of others, including their partners is an influ...

    Authors: Kidane Tadesse Gebremariam, Oksana Zelenko, Afework Mulugeta and Danielle Gallegos

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:3

    Content type: Research

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  18. Determinants at several levels may affect breastfeeding practices. Besides the known historical, socio-economic, cultural, and individual factors, other components also pose major challenges to breastfeeding. ...

    Authors: Maíra Domingues Bernardes Silva, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Davi da Silveira Barroso Alves and Enirtes Caetano Prates Melo

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:2

    Content type: Research

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  19. Breastfeeding is a complex behaviour relying on a combination of individual mother and infant characteristics, health systems, and family, community and professional support. Optimal breastfeeding in high-inco...

    Authors: Danielle Gallegos, Joy Parkinson, Sinead Duane, Christine Domegan, Elena Jansen and Rebekah Russell-Bennett

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:103

    Content type: Research

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  20. Exclusive breastfeeding rates in many high-income countries are considerably lower than the World Health Organization recommendations. Younger mothers are less likely than older mothers to exclusively breastfe...

    Authors: Christa Buckland, Debra Hector, Gregory S. Kolt, Paul Fahey and Amit Arora

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:102

    Content type: Review

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  21. In Australia, during the early establishment phase of breastfeeding, women can access telephone peer support counselling provided by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) however options for face-to-f...

    Authors: Elaine S. Burns, Louise Duursma and Zoi Triandafilidis

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:101

    Content type: Research

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  22. Return to employment is a major barrier to breastfeeding continuation, globally and in the Southern African context. The Lancet Breastfeeding Series revealed an explicit need for research exploring breastfeedi...

    Authors: Bongekile P. Mabaso, Ameeta Jaga and Tanya Doherty

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:100

    Content type: Research

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  23. Breastfeeding is critical to promote maternal and child health. China has set national targets to further improve the exclusive breastfeeding rate. We aimed to examine associations between the provision of ear...

    Authors: Chen-ran Wang, Xia-yun Li, Lin Zhang, Lin-man Wu, Ling Tan, Fei Yuan, Yao Guo, Sarah Williams and Tao Xu

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:99

    Content type: Research

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  24. Ensuring women receive optimal breastfeeding support is of key importance to the health of mothers and their infants. Early discharge within 24 h of birth is increasingly common across Australia, and the pract...

    Authors: Lucy James, Linda Sweet and Roslyn Donnellan-Fernandez

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:98

    Content type: Research

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  25. Parents’ decisions about how to feed their newborns are influenced by multiple factors. Our objective was to identify the factors that can influence the decision to breastfeed.

    Authors: Ana Ballesta-Castillejos, Juan Gómez-Salgado, Julián Rodríguez-Almagro, Inmaculada Ortiz-Esquinas and Antonio Hernández-Martínez

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:97

    Content type: Research

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  26. Inadequate breastmilk production is one of the key factors associated with suboptimal breastfeeding. In most local African homes, special herbs and some food items are commonly used to promote breastmilk produ...

    Authors: Zakari Ali, Mohammed Bukari, Anita Mwinisonaam, Abdul-Latif Abdul-Rahaman and Abdul-Razak Abizari

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:96

    Content type: Research

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  27. The 2013 updated guidelines on management of severe acute malnutrition in infants and children recommends the support of exclusive breastfeeding. These guidelines are inconsistently applied in low and middle i...

    Authors: Dorothy Chepkirui, Jacinta Nzinga, Julie Jemutai, Benjamin Tsofa, Caroline Jones and Martha Mwangome

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:95

    Content type: Review

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  28. The baby and mother friendly initiative is a breastfeeding programme in Namibia aimed to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The purpose of this study was to describe nurse managers’ perceptions and ex...

    Authors: Justina N. Amadhila and Gisela H. Van Rensburg

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:94

    Content type: Research

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  29. In Bangladesh 65% of children under 6 months of age were exclusively breastfed with maternal employment being a risk factor that has jeopardized exclusive breastfeeding. As Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories h...

    Authors: A M Rumayan Hasan, George Smith, Mohammad Abdus Selim, Shahinoor Akter, Nazib Uz Zaman Khan, Tamanna Sharmin and Sabrina Rasheed

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:93

    Content type: Research

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  30. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is generally considered an effective way to promote breastfeeding. Although China has the largest number of baby-friendly hospitals in the world, research on baby-friendly...

    Authors: Yue Zhang, Jinliuxing Yang, Wenhao Li, Nianrong Wang, Ya Ye, Shuangqin Yan, Sumei Wang, Ting Zeng, Zijuan Huang, Fenghua Zhang, Yin Li, Shiyi Yao, Haijun Wang, Scott Rozelle, Tao Xu and Xi Jin

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:92

    Content type: Research

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  31. Timely initiation of breastfeeding is putting the newborn to the breast within 1 h of birth. Its practice can prevent neonatal and under-5 mortality. This study aims to assess the prevalence and factors associ...

    Authors: Paschal Awingura Apanga and Maxwell Tii Kumbeni

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:91

    Content type: Research

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    The Retraction Note to this article has been published in International Breastfeeding Journal 2021 16:16

  32. An extended duration of breastfeeding of up to two years is encouraged by many health authorities, but information regarding the composition of milk after one year postpartum is limited. The goal of this study...

    Authors: Krongporn Ongprasert, Jetsada Ruangsuriya, Rungnapa Malasao, Ratana Sapbamrer, Pikul Suppansan, Pisittawoot Ayood, Kulnipa Kittisakmontri and Penprapa Siviroj

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:90

    Content type: Research

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  33. Donor human milk (DHM) is an alternative to preterm infant formula if the mother’s own milk is not available. Since the lactation period and preservation treatment of DHM are different from those of mother’s o...

    Authors: Rui Yang, Danqi Chen, Qingqi Deng and Xinfen Xu

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:89

    Content type: Review

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  34. Angola has one of the highest annual under-five mortality rates in in the world and malnutrition poses a severe problem in the country. This study is the first to focus on the traditional knowledge of plants, ...

    Authors: Gesine Jendras, Mawunu Monizi, Christoph Neinhuis and Thea Lautenschläger

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:88

    Content type: Research

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  35. Evidence suggests that inadequate hospital practices, as well as sociocultural and community factors have detrimental effects on timely initiation as the first breastfeed within first hour after birth, and exc...

    Authors: Sonia Hernández-Cordero, Ana Lilia Lozada-Tequeanes, Ana Cecilia Fernández-Gaxiola, Teresa Shamah-Levy, Matthias Sachse, Paula Veliz and Izchel Cosío-Barroso

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:87

    Content type: Research

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  36. In China, less than one third of infants under 6 months of age are being exclusively breastfed. Maternal rural-to-urban migration contributes to these low rates of breastfeeding practices. Therefore, the aim o...

    Authors: Xiao Han Yin, Chen Zhao, Yu Mei Yang, Hui Feng Shi, Tian Chen Wu, Jia Lei Xie, Jie Qiong Niu, Xiao Li Wang and Jin Fang

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:86

    Content type: Research

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  37. Antenatal breastfeeding education (ANBE) is provided to all pregnant women attending Ministry of Health (MOH) clinics and some private health facilities in Malaysia, in line with the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly H...

    Authors: May Loong Tan, Siew Cheng Foong, Jacqueline J. Ho, Wai Cheng Foong, Rokiah Mohd and Zuhaida Harun

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:85

    Content type: Research

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  38. One of the most important factors that affects breastfeeding self-efficacy and exclusivity is breastfeeding support provided by the family. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of breastfeeding ed...

    Authors: Tayebeh Gharaei, Leila Amiri-Farahani, Shima Haghani and Syedeh Batool Hasanpoor-Azghady

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:84

    Content type: Research

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  39. Despite evidences of breastfeeding for preventing acute physical illnesses in infants, the evidence for the association between breastfeeding and long-term cognitive development is not yet convincing.

    Authors: Kyoung Min Kim and Jae-Won Choi

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:83

    Content type: Research

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  40. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting normal life globally, every area of life is touched. The pandemic demands quick action and as new information emerges, reliable synthesises and guidelines for care are urgen...

    Authors: Welma Lubbe, Elina Botha, Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen and Penny Reimers

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:82

    Content type: Review

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  41. Global guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first 6 months of life. South African EBF rates have steadily increased but still only average 32% for infants below 6 months of age. Malnutrit...

    Authors: Zara Trafford, Sara Jewett, Alison Swartz, Amnesty E. LeFevre, Peter J. Winch, Christopher J. Colvin, Peter Barron and Lesley Bamford

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:81

    Content type: Research

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  42. Early initiation of breastfeeding offers nutritional and immunological benefits to the newborn, which is critical for health and survival. Understanding factors associated with timely initiation of breastfeedi...

    Authors: Farida Ali, Melina Mgongo, Redempta Mamseri, Johnston M. George, Innocent B. Mboya and Sia E. Msuya

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:80

    Content type: Research

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  43. Factors associated with duration of breastfeeding have been usually studied at specific times after birth. Little is known about how much time is added to breastfeeding by each associated factor.

    Authors: Carolina Lechosa-Muñiz, María Paz-Zulueta, Sonia Mateo Sota, María Sáez de Adana Herrero, Elsa Cornejo del Rio, Javier Llorca and María J. Cabero-Perez

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:79

    Content type: Research

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  44. Breastfeeding an infant exposed to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) carries the risk of HIV acquisition whilst not breastfeeding poses a higher risk of death from malnutrition, diarrhea, and pneumonia. In Ug...

    Authors: Jackslina Gaaniri Ngbapai, Jonathan Izudi and Stephen Okoboi

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:78

    Content type: Research

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  45. We investigate whether correct infant feeding knowledge and practice differ by maternal HIV status in an era of evolving clinical guidelines in rural South Africa.

    Authors: H. Manisha Yapa, Róisín Drayne, Nigel Klein, Jan-Walter De Neve, Kathy Petoumenos, Awachana Jiamsakul, Carina Herbst, Deenan Pillay, Frank A. Post and Till Bärnighausen

    Citation: International Breastfeeding Journal 2020 15:77

    Content type: Research

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