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Women's perceptions of their healthcare experience when they choose not to breastfeed

Wirihana, Lisa A. & Barnard, Alan (2011) Women's perceptions of their healthcare experience when they choose not to breastfeed. Women and Birth, 25(3), pp. 135-141.

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Abstract

Research Question

How do women who choose not to breastfeed perceive their healthcare experience?

Method

This qualitative research study used a phenomenographic approach to explore the healthcare experience of women who do not breastfeed. Seven women were interviewed about their healthcare experience relating to their choice of feeding, approximately four weeks after giving birth. Six conceptions were identified and an outcome space was developed to demonstrate the relationships and meaning of the conceptions in a visual format.

Findings

There were five unmet needs identified by the participants during this study. These needs included equity, self sufficiency, support, education and the need not to feel pressured.

Conclusion

Women in this study who chose not to breastfeed identified important areas where they felt that their needs were not met. In keeping with the Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives, the identified needs of women who do not breastfeed must be addressed in a caring, compassionate and just manner. The care and education of women who formula feed should be of the highest standard possible, even if the choice not to breastfeed is not the preferred choice of healthcare professionals.

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ID Code: 46535
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Infant Feeding, Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Care, Qualitative Research, Experiences, Women's Perceptions
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2011.08.005
ISSN: 1871-5192
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Primary (Preventative) (111002)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Midwifery (111006)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier BV
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Women and Birth>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Women and Birth, [25(3), (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2011.08.005
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2011 11:52
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2013 16:16

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