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Breastfeeding experiences of mothers from disadvantaged groups: a review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20701189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite the World Health Organization promoting breastfeeding as the optimal feeding method for infants, the breastfeeding initiation rates within these disadvantaged groups' remains low. It is important to identify the factors that prevent these groups from initiating and establishing successful breastfeeding. This review aims to identify the breastfeeding experiences of teenage mothers and mothers from low income groups. Qualitative research papers were identified using electronic and manual searches by following a systematic methodology. Nine relevant articles were critically analysed using a qualitative Critical Appraisal Skills Programme tool. Coding of the nine papers generated six themes. The benefits of breastfeeding known to these mothers were often superseded by the perceived barriers of breastfeeding, while the decision to breastfeed was frequently influenced by their social support network and prior exposure to breastfeeding. Disadvantaged mothers may require extra input and support to overcome any problems associated with breastfeeding. Developing healthcare professionals' capabilities to educate these disadvantaged groups, their social networks and the public about breastfeeding is crucial if it is to become established within our society.
Elizabeth MacGregor; Mark Hughes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1462-2815     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Pract     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-12     Completed Date:  2010-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9809060     Medline TA:  Community Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-3     Citation Subset:  N    
Leicester Royal Infirmary.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Breast Feeding* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Great Britain
Health Promotion
Health Services Needs and Demand
Mothers* / education,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Nursing Methodology Research
Patient Education as Topic
Qualitative Research
Research Design
Social Support
Social Values
Socioeconomic Factors
Vulnerable Populations* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data

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