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Young mothers who choose to breast feed: the importance of being part of a supportive breast-feeding community.
Midwifery 2011; 27(1):53-9M

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

to examine factors associated with breast-feeding initiation and duration in young mothers (≤24 years).

DESIGN

a retrospective questionnaire completed between six and 24 months post partum.

SETTING

mothers were recruited from local mother and infant groups, nurseries and online mother and infant forums.

PARTICIPANTS

138 mothers aged between 17 and 24 years (mean age 21.93 years)

MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS

participants completed a retrospective questionnaire about their experience of breast or artificial milk feeding during the first six months post partum. A further 10 mothers who breast fed for at least six months completed a semi-structured interview. Breast feeding for at least six months was positively associated with attending a breast-feeding support group, believing breast feeding to be easy, being part of an environment where breast feeding is normative, and being encouraged to breast feed by others.

KEY CONCLUSIONS

themes raised highlight the importance of viewing breast feeding as the normal way to feed an infant and having others support the mother in this behaviour.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

increasing breast-feeding initiation and duration among this at-risk group is important for both infant and maternal health. Helping mothers to view breast feeding as the norm, creating an environment where breast feeding is accepted, providing professional and peer support, and encouraging the mother to continue breast feeding are important steps in raising breast-feeding rates among younger mothers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Human Sciences, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK. a.e.brown@swansea.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19896254

Citation

Brown, Amy, et al. "Young Mothers Who Choose to Breast Feed: the Importance of Being Part of a Supportive Breast-feeding Community." Midwifery, vol. 27, no. 1, 2011, pp. 53-9.
Brown A, Raynor P, Lee M. Young mothers who choose to breast feed: the importance of being part of a supportive breast-feeding community. Midwifery. 2011;27(1):53-9.
Brown, A., Raynor, P., & Lee, M. (2011). Young mothers who choose to breast feed: the importance of being part of a supportive breast-feeding community. Midwifery, 27(1), pp. 53-9. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2009.09.004.
Brown A, Raynor P, Lee M. Young Mothers Who Choose to Breast Feed: the Importance of Being Part of a Supportive Breast-feeding Community. Midwifery. 2011;27(1):53-9. PubMed PMID: 19896254.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Young mothers who choose to breast feed: the importance of being part of a supportive breast-feeding community. AU - Brown,Amy, AU - Raynor,Peter, AU - Lee,Michelle, Y1 - 2009/11/05/ PY - 2009/05/08/received PY - 2009/09/06/revised PY - 2009/09/14/accepted PY - 2009/11/10/entrez PY - 2009/11/10/pubmed PY - 2011/6/7/medline SP - 53 EP - 9 JF - Midwifery JO - Midwifery VL - 27 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: to examine factors associated with breast-feeding initiation and duration in young mothers (≤24 years). DESIGN: a retrospective questionnaire completed between six and 24 months post partum. SETTING: mothers were recruited from local mother and infant groups, nurseries and online mother and infant forums. PARTICIPANTS: 138 mothers aged between 17 and 24 years (mean age 21.93 years) MEASUREMENTS AND FINDINGS: participants completed a retrospective questionnaire about their experience of breast or artificial milk feeding during the first six months post partum. A further 10 mothers who breast fed for at least six months completed a semi-structured interview. Breast feeding for at least six months was positively associated with attending a breast-feeding support group, believing breast feeding to be easy, being part of an environment where breast feeding is normative, and being encouraged to breast feed by others. KEY CONCLUSIONS: themes raised highlight the importance of viewing breast feeding as the normal way to feed an infant and having others support the mother in this behaviour. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: increasing breast-feeding initiation and duration among this at-risk group is important for both infant and maternal health. Helping mothers to view breast feeding as the norm, creating an environment where breast feeding is accepted, providing professional and peer support, and encouraging the mother to continue breast feeding are important steps in raising breast-feeding rates among younger mothers. SN - 1532-3099 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19896254/Young_mothers_who_choose_to_breast_feed:_the_importance_of_being_part_of_a_supportive_breast_feeding_community_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0266-6138(09)00121-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -