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Early Hum Dev. 2011 Apr;87(4):321-3. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2011.01.035. Epub 2011 Feb 12.

Psychological distress and early lactation performance in mothers of late preterm infants.

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Department Pediatrics of Padua University, Padua, Italy. zanardo@pediatria.unipd.it

Abstract

Late preterm infants are a vulnerable population susceptible to early breastfeeding failure and lactation-associated morbidities. We have found that late preterm gestation has a negative effect on mothers' psychological profiles in the puerperium, with the resulting levels of anxiety, depression, and psychological distress correlating negatively with their early lactation performance.

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