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Featured research article: Exploring women’s perceptions of pain when breastfeeding using online forums

Pain is a common problem for breastfeeding women and online forums are often used to share experiences. Researchers at the University of Stirling, Scotland, conducted inductive thematic analysis of online discussion forums and identified four main themes: variation in types of pain, perceived causes and explanations for pain, cessation of breastfeeding related to pain; and shared experiences and support. New mothers need realistic expectations of the common types of pain they may experience and self-management techniques to prevent or reduce the pain. Furthermore, they need to know when to seek help for pain experienced during lactation.

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Professor Lisa Amir (MBBS MMed PhD IBCLC FABM FILCA) is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access publication International Breastfeeding Journal.


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The International Breastfeeding Journal, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication

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Topical collection: Breastfeeding and COVID-19

The Editor-in-Chief of International Breastfeeding Journal is selecting articles related to COVID-19 published in the journal to highlight in this collection.  All articles have been subject to the journal’s normal peer review process and the collection is not sponsored.

Aims and scope

Breastfeeding is recognized as an important public health issue with enormous social and economic implications. Infants who do not receive breast milk are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than breastfed infants; mothers who do not breastfeed increase their own health risks.

Publications on the topic of breastfeeding are wide ranging. Articles about breastfeeding are currently published journals focused on nursing, midwifery, paediatric, obstetric, family medicine, public health, immunology, physiology, sociology and many other topics. In addition, electronic publishing allows fast publication time for authors and Open Access ensures the journal is easily accessible to readers.

International Breastfeeding Journal encompasses all aspects of breastfeeding. The journal addresses the need for a high quality multi-disciplinary journal in the field.

In order to help women breastfeed successfully, there is a need to understand both the physiology of lactation and the social and cultural context within which breastfeeding occurs. The journal addresses all of these aspects, including identifying women who are at increased risk of not breastfeeding; the impediments to breastfeeding and the health effects of not breastfeeding for infants and their mothers; interventions to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration; and the management of breastfeeding problems.

Featured blog: How much would it cost to provide maternity leave to working mothers in Indonesia’s informal sector?

Research shows the amount of financing needed to provide maternity cash transfers to women working in Indonesia’s informal sector would be below 0.5% of the country’s 2018 nominal GDP. This is significantly lower than the current annual cost of not breastfeeding in Indonesia which is estimated at approximately 1% of the country’s 2018 nominal GDP.

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Blog: Breastfeeding in public

“Breastfeeding in Public”, a new series of articles from the International Breastfeeding Journal, aims to highlight the issues surrounding breastfeeding in public throughout the world. The series has been guest-edited by Petra Bueskens of the University of Melbourne, Sally Dowling of the University of the West of England and Fiona Giles of the Univer​​​​​​​sity of Sydney. In a recent conversation, Fiona Giles explained the inspiration behind the series, and why it is important to discuss the topic. The transcript has been edited for clarity.New Content Item

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