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RCM comments on breastfeeding and bonding research

30 October, 2017

RCM comments on breastfeeding and bonding research

Research on links between breastfeeding and the bonding benefits has been published today by the American Psychological Association. Commenting on the research, Clare Livingstone, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “There are many ways for mothers and babies to bond.


Breastfeeding is one of the many ways through which this this can be achieved and this also includes activities such as playing, holding and talking. There is certainly more research needed to understand more about how breastfeeding contributes to bonding.

“What must be also be stressed are the many proven health benefits of breastfeeding for the mother and baby and we need to ensure that mothers are supported to breastfeed. This is particularly important in the postnatal period and we know that more investment is needed in this area to ensure mothers get that support.”

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456, or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.


Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.

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