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dc.contributor.authorJackson, Jessica
dc.contributor.authorHallam, Jenny
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-05T17:18:11Z
dc.date.available2020-11-05T17:18:11Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-01
dc.identifier.citationJackson, J.E. and Hallam, J., (2020). 'Against all odds—why UK mothers’ breastfeeding beyond infancy are turning to their international peers for emotional and informative support'. Health Care for Women International, pp. 1-17.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0739-9332
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07399332.2020.1744147
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/625331
dc.description.abstractThe health benefits of breastfeeding are well documented and current recommendations are that women should breastfeed their child for two years and beyond. Despite this the UK has the lowest initiation breastfeeding rates in the world. Additionally, a considerably small percentage of women who do successfully initiate go on to breastfeed past infancy. This could in part be explained by the lack of support women receive when breastfeeding an older child. In this study we provide insight into women’s experiences of healthcare interventions during the transition from breastfeeding an infant to a toddler. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 24 women with experience of breastfeeding at least one child past the age of twelve months. We used a theory driven thematic analysis to identify pertinent themes that ran through the interviews. As mothers progressed through their breastfeeding journey they faced increased social stigma. They also experienced a change in attitudes from healthcare professionals as support was replaced by judgement. This negatively impacted upon trust in healthcare professionals and the advice they offered. In response, the women turned to volunteering organizations and closed social media groups for emotional support and healthcare advice. These women experienced specific issues regarding breastfeeding in toddlerhood as opposed to infancy. They needed specialized interventions tailored for this. Social media was highlighted as a useful platform for supporting women who breastfeed beyond infancy. It allowed these women to feel part of a supportive international community and gain access to practical advice. Healthcare professionals should explore ways to engage in digital platforms to provide support to mothers’ breastfeeding beyond infancy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07399332.2020.1744147en_US
dc.subjectGeneral Health Professionsen_US
dc.subjectPublic Healthen_US
dc.subjectWomen's Healthen_US
dc.subjectBreastfeedingen_US
dc.titleAgainst all odds—why UK mothers’ breastfeeding beyond infancy are turning to their international peers for emotional and informative supporten_US
dc.typeResearch Reporten_US
dc.identifier.eissn1096-4665
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.identifier.journalHealth Care for Women Internationalen_US
dc.source.journaltitleHealth Care for Women International
dc.source.beginpage1
dc.source.endpage17
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-03-14
refterms.dateFOA2020-11-05T17:32:34Z
dc.author.detail785189en_US


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