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Managing breastfeeding and work: a Foucauldian secondary analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20557398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIM: This paper is a report of a secondary analysis of the experiences of employed breastfeeding mothers.
BACKGROUND: Health promotion policies exhort mothers to feed their infants breastmilk exclusively for the first 6 months and partially until the age of 2 years. More mothers are returning to paid employment less than a year after having a baby. Combining breastfeeding and paid work is an issue for nursing and midwifery as predominantly female professions caring for women and their children.
METHOD: Foucauldian discourse analysis was used for a secondary analysis of interviews performed in 2005 with 20 women who continued to breastfeed on their return to work. The discursive positions and disciplinary practices were identified and analysed.
FINDINGS: Combining breastfeeding and paid work required negotiating the positions of good mother and good worker. Being a good mother conferred health benefits on infants. Being a good worker required the mothers to constrain their breastfeeding practices. The practices performed by the mothers involved stockpiling breastmilk, maintaining milk supply, preparing the baby ready for absence, making sacrifices and remaining silent and invisible as a breastfeeding worker.
CONCLUSION: Breastfeeding workers have the potential to threaten the focus of the workplace. They discipline themselves to minimize their disruptive potential. Such strategies serve to maintain the marginalization of breastfeeding in the workplace and to keep women's efforts to continue breastfeeding invisible. The work of breastfeeding workers needs to be better recognized and supported.
Authors:
Deborah Payne; David A Nicholls
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-06-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-23     Completed Date:  2010-11-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1810-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Affiliation:
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences Centre for Midwifery & Women's Health Research, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. debbie.payne@aut.ac.nz
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude*
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Conflict (Psychology)
Female
Focus Groups
Health Policy
Humans
Infant
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Mothers / psychology*
New Zealand
Organizational Culture*
Organizational Policy
Qualitative Research
Women, Working / psychology*
Workplace / organization & administration,  psychology*

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