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The relation between a number of psychosocial factors and the early termination of breast-feeding was examined in two large independent samples of puerperal women. The findings were remarkably similar. In both cohorts there was a significant association with depressive disorder which in the great majority preceded the cessation of breast-feeding. Other factors of importance were low social class, being young and lower educational attainment.

Original publication




Journal article


J Psychosom Res

Publication Date





171 - 176


Adult, Breast Feeding, Cohort Studies, Depressive Disorder, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Maternal Behavior, Personality Inventory, Psychometrics, Puerperal Disorders, Regression Analysis, Social Support