This paper is a research overview written for NCT Perspectives magazine.
It explores how many different psychological, social and cultural factors can damage breastfeeding, often by interfering in responsive feeding which is at the heart of successful breastfeeding.
To make sufficient milk, babies generally need to be breastfed ‘on demand’ e.g. whenever they are hungry. This means that the body gets the signal to produce more milk. However many things get in the way of responsive feeding such as beliefs babies should be in a routine, other people wanting to give a bottle or trying not to breastfeed in public due to negative attitudes. This means that these non biological factors can effectively damage breast-feeding from a biological perspective.
You can read a copy of the paper here: Milk supply and breastfeeding decisions: the effects of new mothers’ experiences