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angle-left Pregnancy-specific anxiety may impact how long a woman exclusively breastfeeds her child

A longitudinal study led by RI-MUHC researcher Deborah Da Costa investigates an important predictor of pregnancy outcomes

June 18, 2019 

Source: McGill Newsroom. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organization for the first six months of life because of the benefits for both mom and baby. In Canada, approximately 32% of women meet this recommendation. McGill University researchers Kristin Horsley, Tuong-Vi Nguyen, Blaine Ditto, and Deborah Da Costa from the Departments of Psychology and Medicine examined whether pregnancy-specific anxiety – worries or concerns related specifically to pregnancy and post-partum – might play a role in how long a woman exclusively breastfeeds her child.

Deborah Da Costa and Tuong-Vi Nguyen are both members of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and conduct research at the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.

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Deborah Da Costa, PhD, and Tuong-Vi Nguyen, MD, are members of the Research Institute of the MUHC