The Open Epidemiology
Breast Feeding Pattern may be Associated with Persistent
Low Back Pain and Pelvic Pain Half a Year Postpartum
Ingrid Margareta Mogren Pp 26-33
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the
history of oral and current contraception use, age at menarche,
smoking, and breast feeding in relation to remission or persistence
of low back pain and pelvic pain (LBPP) six months after delivery.
Materials and Methodology: This study was a follow-up study
of 639 women who reported LBPP during pregnancy. The respondents
were divided into three groups: ‘no pain’, ‘recurrent
pain’, and ‘continuous pain’.
Results: In total 96% had breast fed to some degree after
delivery. Current full-time breast feeding was associated with an
increased risk (OR=2.8) of continuous pain (LBPP) six months after
delivery. Women with continuous pain had also a significantly longer
total period of breast feeding in relation to women with remission
of pain (p=0.035).
Conclusion: Full-time breast feeding and longer period
of breast feeding were positively associated with persistent low
back and pelvic pain six months after delivery.