All things considered, though, working moms might have a tougher time with breast-feeding than women who are able to take more time with their infants, said Kay Hoover, a lactation consultant at a Philadelphia-area hospital. "If you're separated from your baby, it's hard to maintain milk production," she said.
Guendelman said she would like physicians to advocate for extended postpartum maternity leaves for working women. "If you know you have some time off," she said, "you are more likely to establish breast-feeding in the first 30 days and not just give up so quickly."
The National Women's Health Information Center has more on breast-feeding.
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