Breast pumps as an incentive for breastfeeding: a mixed methods investigation

Nicola Crossland, Gill Thomson, Heather Morgan, Fiona Dykes, Pat Hoddinott

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While the numbers of women initiating breastfeeding in the UK have steadily increased in recent years, high initiation rates are not sustained, and there is wide variation in breastfeeding rates across different UK regions, by maternal age, education and income. Policy initiatives have been introduced to promote breastfeeding, but persistent familial, social and health service barriers exist, making breastfeeding rates slow to change. There is increasing interest in the use of incentives to promote healthy behaviours, and a recent systematic review found breast pumps to be the most commonly used incentive for breastfeeding, although their effectiveness is unknown (Hall Moran et al. 2015).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38
Number of pages1
JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
Issue numberSupplement S2
Early online date10 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • Breast pumps
  • breast feeding
  • mixed methods investigation


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