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Maternal Time Use and Nurturing: Analysis of the Association Between Breastfeeding Practice and Time Spent Interacting with Baby

Smith, Julie; Forrester, Robert


Background: Breastfeeding supports child development through complex mechanisms that are not well understood. Numerous studies have compared how well breastfeeding and nonbreastfeeding mothers interact with their child, but few examine how much interaction occurs. Subjects and Methods: Our study of weekly time use among 156 mothers of infants aged 3–9 months investigated whether lactating mothers spend more time providing emotional support or cognitive stimulation of their infants than...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Breastfeeding Medicine
DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2016.0118


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