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Getting it right: Australian primiparas' views about breastfeeding: A quasi-experimental study.
Int J Nurs Stud. 2007 Jul; 44(5):786-95.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The study documented Australian primigravidas' perceptions about breastfeeding.

OBJECTIVES

To examine women's perspectives of their breastfeeding experiences during the first 12 weeks postpartum.

DESIGN

A Journal was introduced to an intervention group (n=149) attending prenatal classes at a private hospital at 36 antenatal weeks. Using quantitative data at two days and 12 weeks postpartum, the intervention group was compared with a control group (n=154) that delivered at the same hospital. Qualitative data were also collected about the women's perceptions about breastfeeding to further illuminate their experience. Qualitative data from 203 women at two days postpartum and 252 women at 12 weeks postpartum represented the combined comments from the intervention and control groups.

PARTICIPANTS

Participants were recruited as part of a randomised controlled trial of the effects of a Breastfeeding Journal on breastfeeding prevalence, self-efficacy, support, and influence from conflicting advice. The convenience sample of middle class, well-educated primiparous women from a Western Australian hospital had given birth to a singleton infant that was greater than 34 weeks gestation.

METHODS

An open-ended question on a questionnaire sought mothers' comments about their breastfeeding experiences. Data were analysed using inductive content analysis.

FINDINGS

These mothers described trying to 'get breastfeeding right'. Getting it right included enhancing factors, factors with mixed effect, and negative factors.

CONCLUSIONS

Middle class mothers share breastfeeding perceptions with women in more vulnerable groups, including encountering conflicting and unhelpful advice and feeding pressures from health care professionals, family, and community members.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, T. 201 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 2B5. hall@nursing.ubc.caNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16581077

Citation

Hall, Wendy A., and Y Hauck. "Getting It Right: Australian Primiparas' Views About Breastfeeding: a Quasi-experimental Study." International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 44, no. 5, 2007, pp. 786-95.
Hall WA, Hauck Y. Getting it right: Australian primiparas' views about breastfeeding: A quasi-experimental study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2007;44(5):786-95.
Hall, W. A., & Hauck, Y. (2007). Getting it right: Australian primiparas' views about breastfeeding: A quasi-experimental study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44(5), 786-95.
Hall WA, Hauck Y. Getting It Right: Australian Primiparas' Views About Breastfeeding: a Quasi-experimental Study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2007;44(5):786-95. PubMed PMID: 16581077.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Getting it right: Australian primiparas' views about breastfeeding: A quasi-experimental study. AU - Hall,Wendy A, AU - Hauck,Y, Y1 - 2006/04/11/ PY - 2005/06/22/received PY - 2005/12/18/revised PY - 2006/02/14/accepted PY - 2006/4/4/pubmed PY - 2007/8/31/medline PY - 2006/4/4/entrez SP - 786 EP - 95 JF - International journal of nursing studies JO - Int J Nurs Stud VL - 44 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: The study documented Australian primigravidas' perceptions about breastfeeding. OBJECTIVES: To examine women's perspectives of their breastfeeding experiences during the first 12 weeks postpartum. DESIGN: A Journal was introduced to an intervention group (n=149) attending prenatal classes at a private hospital at 36 antenatal weeks. Using quantitative data at two days and 12 weeks postpartum, the intervention group was compared with a control group (n=154) that delivered at the same hospital. Qualitative data were also collected about the women's perceptions about breastfeeding to further illuminate their experience. Qualitative data from 203 women at two days postpartum and 252 women at 12 weeks postpartum represented the combined comments from the intervention and control groups. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were recruited as part of a randomised controlled trial of the effects of a Breastfeeding Journal on breastfeeding prevalence, self-efficacy, support, and influence from conflicting advice. The convenience sample of middle class, well-educated primiparous women from a Western Australian hospital had given birth to a singleton infant that was greater than 34 weeks gestation. METHODS: An open-ended question on a questionnaire sought mothers' comments about their breastfeeding experiences. Data were analysed using inductive content analysis. FINDINGS: These mothers described trying to 'get breastfeeding right'. Getting it right included enhancing factors, factors with mixed effect, and negative factors. CONCLUSIONS: Middle class mothers share breastfeeding perceptions with women in more vulnerable groups, including encountering conflicting and unhelpful advice and feeding pressures from health care professionals, family, and community members. SN - 0020-7489 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16581077/Getting_it_right:_Australian_primiparas'_views_about_breastfeeding:_A_quasi_experimental_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0020-7489(06)00069-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -