Why Do Mothers Choose Not to Breastfeed?

Debra A. Biddy, Gardner-Webb University


Despite substantial evidence of maternal and infant benefits of breastfeeding mothers often choose not to breastfeed. While studies have shown there are benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and child, sometimes stronger influences affect the mother's decision not to breastfeed. There are several factors that affect the mother's decision and the purpose of this study was to identify which factors. This study identifies participants were given enough educational information from health care professionals about breastfeeding but convenience is one factor in choosing bottle feeding.