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What are complications of breastfeeding/lactation?

Shakira Henderson
Neonatal Nursing
Some challenges to breastfeeding in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) stem from environmental barriers such as mother-baby separation, lack of privacy and lack of pumping space. Other barriers stem from infant factors, such as developmental immaturity and medical complications. Maternal factors such as stress from the infant admitted to the NICU, an inadequate maternal support system, poor maternal health, and fear of being a breast-feeding failure are also barriers.

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