Lessons Learned from the Pandemic—We Can Do Better

Ariana R. Komaroff, Sharron Forest

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Many breastfeeding issues can be addressed with postpartum lactation support. However, COVID-19 presented new challenges for the breastfeeding dyad with a disruption in normal healthcare practices. The objective of the study was to examine new mothers’ breastfeeding intentions and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 40-question survey was administered to a convenience sample of 50 new mothers during April–June 2020. Findings revealed most mothers (52%) had the intention to breastfeed for one year or longer. However, at the time of hospital discharge only 34% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding and 60% of mothers were supplementing with formula within the first four days of life. Recommendations for bridging the gap between the hospital and primary care setting include educating providers and nurses on breastfeeding management practices, increasing hospital lactation support, and using telelactation to provide remote support to mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Lactation
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2022


  • duration < breastfeeding
  • formula < infants
  • goals < breastfeeding
  • lactation care < care
  • network < support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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