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A qualitative approach to social support and breast-feeding decisions.
Midwifery. 2009 Apr; 25(2):187-94.M

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

to explore pregnant women's perceptions and personal experiences of the influence of formal and informal social support on breast-feeding decision-making, in relation to breast-feeding initiation and duration.

DESIGN

qualitative focus groups and interviews.

SETTING

four primary-care centres in Valencia, Spain.

PARTICIPANTS

19 primiparous women in their first trimester of pregnancy participated in focus groups and 12 primiparous and multiparous women in their third trimester of pregnancy participated in interviews. Women had different socio-demographic backgrounds and socio-economic status.

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS

women's perceptions and personal experiences of formal and informal social support of breast feeding may be linked to age and socio-cultural status. Women from higher socio-cultural backgrounds took their partner's opinion and support more into account when choosing breast feeding. They also conceded great importance to formal health support, and employed mothers wished to have more institutional support. Among women from lower socio-cultural backgrounds, friends were the closest social network and had the greatest influence on feeding decisions. They perceived some contradictions in health-promotion messages on breast feeding, and most of them preferred to leave work after birth to exclusively care for their baby. Younger women, without previous experience of breast feeding or possibility of receiving tangible support from their mothers, wanted more practical health-care support (e.g. providing skills in breast-feeding technique).

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

breast-feeding promotion strategies should take into account women's different characteristics. Health professionals should consider offering postnatal support as a follow-up to practical support (e.g. breast-feeding workshops).

Authors+Show Affiliations

Perinatal Health Unit, Public Health Board, Conselleria de Sanitat, Generalitat Valenciana, C/ Micer Mascó, 31, 46010 València, Spain. barona_car@gva.esNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17493716

Citation

Barona-Vilar, Carmen, et al. "A Qualitative Approach to Social Support and Breast-feeding Decisions." Midwifery, vol. 25, no. 2, 2009, pp. 187-94.
Barona-Vilar C, Escribá-Agüir V, Ferrero-Gandía R. A qualitative approach to social support and breast-feeding decisions. Midwifery. 2009;25(2):187-94.
Barona-Vilar, C., Escribá-Agüir, V., & Ferrero-Gandía, R. (2009). A qualitative approach to social support and breast-feeding decisions. Midwifery, 25(2), 187-94.
Barona-Vilar C, Escribá-Agüir V, Ferrero-Gandía R. A Qualitative Approach to Social Support and Breast-feeding Decisions. Midwifery. 2009;25(2):187-94. PubMed PMID: 17493716.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A qualitative approach to social support and breast-feeding decisions. AU - Barona-Vilar,Carmen, AU - Escribá-Agüir,Vincenta, AU - Ferrero-Gandía,Raquel, Y1 - 2007/05/09/ PY - 2006/07/06/received PY - 2006/11/23/revised PY - 2007/01/17/accepted PY - 2007/5/12/pubmed PY - 2009/5/30/medline PY - 2007/5/12/entrez SP - 187 EP - 94 JF - Midwifery JO - Midwifery VL - 25 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: to explore pregnant women's perceptions and personal experiences of the influence of formal and informal social support on breast-feeding decision-making, in relation to breast-feeding initiation and duration. DESIGN: qualitative focus groups and interviews. SETTING: four primary-care centres in Valencia, Spain. PARTICIPANTS: 19 primiparous women in their first trimester of pregnancy participated in focus groups and 12 primiparous and multiparous women in their third trimester of pregnancy participated in interviews. Women had different socio-demographic backgrounds and socio-economic status. FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS: women's perceptions and personal experiences of formal and informal social support of breast feeding may be linked to age and socio-cultural status. Women from higher socio-cultural backgrounds took their partner's opinion and support more into account when choosing breast feeding. They also conceded great importance to formal health support, and employed mothers wished to have more institutional support. Among women from lower socio-cultural backgrounds, friends were the closest social network and had the greatest influence on feeding decisions. They perceived some contradictions in health-promotion messages on breast feeding, and most of them preferred to leave work after birth to exclusively care for their baby. Younger women, without previous experience of breast feeding or possibility of receiving tangible support from their mothers, wanted more practical health-care support (e.g. providing skills in breast-feeding technique). IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: breast-feeding promotion strategies should take into account women's different characteristics. Health professionals should consider offering postnatal support as a follow-up to practical support (e.g. breast-feeding workshops). SN - 1532-3099 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17493716/A_qualitative_approach_to_social_support_and_breast_feeding_decisions_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0266-6138(07)00031-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -