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'I thought it would keep them all quiet'. Women's experiences of breastfeeding as illusions of compliance: an interpretive phenomenological study.
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PMID:  25482589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIMS: To explore the experiences of breastfeeding women.
BACKGROUND: There is a plethora of data demonstrating that human breast milk provides complete nutrition for human infants. While the rate of initiation of breastfeeding in the United Kingdom has shown a steady increase in the last 25 years, rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the early weeks and months over the same time period have shown only marginal increases. This study was designed to extend current knowledge around breastfeeding experiences, decisions and behaviours.
DESIGN: Qualitative, interpretive phenomenological approach.
METHODS: Data were collected between July 2009-January 2010 through in-depth interviews with 22 women from a city in the East Midlands where the prevalence of breastfeeding has showed a decreasing trend. Data were collected between 3-6 months after the birth of their youngest baby.
FINDINGS: Analysis of data uncovered a key theme: illusions of compliance. The findings revealed that women's breastfeeding behaviours were socially mediated. They adopted a good mother image by conforming to the moral obligation to breastfeed immediately after their babies were born. Those women who struggled to establish breastfeeding tried to hide their difficulties rather than admit that they were not coping.
CONCLUSION: This study provides insights into women's infant feeding decisions and behaviours, building on understandings of 'good mothering' in the wider literature. Importantly we highlight some of the previously unknown strategies that women employed to portray themselves as calm, coping and in control when in reality they were struggling and not enjoying breastfeeding.
Authors:
Rachael L Spencer; Sheila Greatrex-White; Diane M Fraser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-12-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  2014 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-9    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Advanced Nursing published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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