What is it about?

We reviewed different studies and found that educating mothers was a common way to help them practice EIBF. We also discovered barriers like medical issues and social factors that can prevent EIBF, as well as things that can make it easier, like good prenatal care and positive behaviors. Our study highlights the importance of empowering mothers and finding ways to overcome obstacles to promote early breastfeeding.

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Why is it important?

Our study focuses on a crucial aspect of infant health – the early initiation of breastfeeding. This topic is particularly relevant in today's world, where improving maternal and child health is a global priority. Our research not only examines the barriers that prevent mothers from practicing early breastfeeding but also identifies interventions, like education, that can empower mothers to overcome these challenges. By shedding light on these important factors, our study aims to contribute to the efforts aimed at reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health. This unique perspective on empowering mothers to initiate breastfeeding early can provide valuable insights for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and researchers, potentially making a significant impact on infant and maternal well-being.


Exploring the interventions that can empower mothers to overcome barriers to early breastfeeding is not only timely but also holds great potential for improving maternal and child health outcomes. Personally, I believe that our findings can drive meaningful changes in healthcare practices and policies, guiding efforts to promote early breastfeeding initiation and ultimately contributing to healthier generations.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Women's Empowerment and Determinants of Early Initiation of Breastfeeding: A Scoping Review, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, January 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2020.08.004.
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