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Breastfeeding experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in an urban setting in Brisbane.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24592517     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
STUDY AIM: This study examined urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers' breastfeeding experiences to inform support for mothers and their families.
STUDY DESIGN: The research took a strengths approach, using qualitative methodology. Twenty semi-structured in-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted and analysed thematically.
SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Indigenous mothers of infants 3 to 12 months were recruited through a Brisbane Indigenous health service.
KEY FINDINGS: All mothers recounted considerable physical and emotional energy invested in breastfeeding. Although early introduction of formula made sense for some mothers under stressful circumstances, timely pro-breastfeeding support from family and health professionals facilitated continued breastfeeding. Professional and social/family contacts play key roles in steering infant feeding outcomes.
CONCLUSIONS: Mothers' experiences strongly influence infant feeding strategies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community strengths are underutilised in supporting breastfeeding mothers. FUTURE IMPLICATIONS: Indigenous mothers, family and community strengths present points for engagement in future breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives.
Wendy Foley; Lisa Schubert; Tara Denaro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding review : professional publication of the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0729-2759     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Rev     Publication Date:  2013 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-03-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616903     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Rev     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-61     Citation Subset:  K    
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