For many mothers, the first months after birth coincide with work resumption.Although research indicates that women perceive work resumption primarily as stressful, the possible consequences of work resumption stress for infants are unknown. As exposure to early adversity carries risk of poor health across the lifespan, my aim is to investigate whether, how, and under which conditions maternal work resumption stress affects infant development.According to the Spillover-crossover model, the mechanism through which maternal work resumption stress would affect the child is through its impact on parenting quality. I argue that maternal work resumption stress can also affect the child through its impact on nutrition quality, i.e. breastfeeding duration and breast milk composition.
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Dr. Roseriet Beijers
– Department of Social Development, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University
– Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center
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