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Breastfeeding experiences of urban adolescent mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19632502     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This qualitative descriptive study examined the breastfeeding experiences of urban adolescent mothers using a combination of focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Analysis of verbatim interview text, field, and debriefing notes was undertaken to discover categories, themes and an emerging conceptual framework. Twenty-three teens, between the ages of 14 and 18, enrolled from two postpartum clinics described the process of teens' breastfeeding decision-making, initiation, continuation, and termination of breastfeeding. Roughly half of the teens were currently breastfeeding and the other half had weaned their infant within the last six months. Adolescent mothers chose breastfeeding mainly for infant health reasons, closeness and bonding. Positive and negative events; barriers and facilitators to continued breastfeeding; and types of support received during breastfeeding illuminated the experience starting in the hospital and extending over time. Among those who weaned, a combination of primary and secondary obstacles or problems, such as perceptions of insufficient milk supply, nipple/breast pain, time demands of school or work, problems with pumping, and feeling overwhelmed and frustrated led to weaning. Many who weaned did not seek out available help and ultimately many reported regret about weaning earlier than intended. Those who continued breastfeeding beyond six weeks reported significant emotional, informational and instrumental support from family, friends, school, and their babies. Implications for nursing practice and research are discussed.
Karen A Wambach; Susan M Cohen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-09-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric nursing     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1532-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-27     Completed Date:  2009-10-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8607529     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  244-54     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of Kansas School of Nursing, Nursing Division/Palm Beach Center for Reproductive Medicine, Kansas City, KS, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Decision Making
Focus Groups
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*
Qualitative Research
Urban Population

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