For her PhD research and a case study for the UK Data Service, Laura J Brown has used two British cohort studies to explore how environmental circumstances impact on whether women choose to breastfeed their babies.

“Ok, so there’s my husband, he helps, my mum… but definitely not my mother in law…”

What about beyond your immediate support network?

“Hmmm, my health visitor, La Leche League of course, and then… I’m not sure”.

This is a typical response I heard new mums give when asked to draw their circles of support at the local breastfeeding support groups and antenatal courses…

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