Biology Behind Obese Mothers Abandoning Breast-Feeding

Studies have shown overweight and obese mothers are significantly more likely to quit breast-feeding their infants sooner than do healthy-weight mothers. An important reason why is the weaker biological response that heavier women have to their babies' suckling, according to a recent study. Overweight and obese women have a lower prolactin response to suckling, researchers found. Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk...

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