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The experience of breastfeeding for women with chronic health conditions.


Characterised by long-term development and persistent symptomatology, chronic conditions impact on healthcare expenditure and burden of disease. Women with chronic conditions may require specialised care and advice during postpartum to ensure optimal health for mother and baby. Existing evidence suggests that women with chronic conditions are less likely to breastfeed, although there is increasing evidence that breastfeeding is generally optimal for women with chronic conditions and their infants. Despite this, there are no specific guidelines to direct clinicians and patients in these situations. The aim of this project is to examine breastfeeding initiation and duration among women with chronic conditions and assess the impact of medication use.