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Breastfeeding in Australian women with maternal metabolic conditions: A study of rates, durations, and predictive factors


Metabolic conditions such as diabetes (pre-gestational Type 1 and 2, and gestational) and polycystic ovary syndrome affect an increasing proportion of Australian pregnancies. Breastfeeding represents an important opportunity to optimise both neonatal and future maternal health, and may have particular benefits for women at high metabolic risk. However, existing national and international data suggests that rates of both initiation and continuation of breastfeeding may be lower in these metabolic subgroups than in the general population.

We intend to explore breastfeeding outcomes among Australian women with metabolic disease, and examine the contribution of key explanatory and predictive variables (including BMI and socio-economic factors).