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Using Goffman's Theories of Social Interaction to Reflect First-Time Mothers' Experiences With the Social Norms of Infant Feeding.
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PMID:  22785628     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Infant feeding, particularly breastfeeding, is an important public health issue because early feeding methods have been shown to influence health throughout childhood. We investigated how social norms influence first-time mothers' decisions around feeding methods. We conducted two in-depth interviews with 11 first-time mothers, the first 3 weeks after birth and the second 3 months following birth. We analyzed interview data using a third-level, thematic analysis, using Goffman's theories of social interaction to guide our analysis. Our results highlighted several issues surrounding breastfeeding in modern society. We propose that nursing mothers are conscious of adhering to social norms of being a good mother, but must also cope with societal views about presenting normal appearances when they need to feed their babies in public.
Marissa A Brouwer; Claire Drummond; Eileen Willis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Qualitative health research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1049-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9202144     Medline TA:  Qual Health Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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