A 21st century view of breast feeding in the England: A qualitative study on the experience of breastfeeding of 20 women in the United Kingdom.

Duck, C. (2021) A 21st century view of breast feeding in the England: A qualitative study on the experience of breastfeeding of 20 women in the United Kingdom. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Even though breastfeeding has been proven to provide the best health benefits for both the mother and their infant, there are still many women in England that do not breastfeed their infant, and if they do, they do not stick to the governments recommendations of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the infants life. Therefore, the aim of this study was to gain a 21st century view of what it is like to be a breastfeeding mother in the England in order to gain an insight into what is affecting the mother’s choice when it comes to choosing breast or bottle. The literature highlighted four main themes that effected a mother’s likelihood of breastfeeding. The themes were social support, wanting to produce a healthy baby, psychological aspects and trying to fit in with the cultural norms. Through the use of an online questionnaire, 33 mothers shared their experiences of feeding their infant in England. The data highlighted many women started breastfeeding but stopped due to reason such as wanting to share the feeding responsibility and having to return to work. Subsequent statistical analysis of one-way ANOVA’S and t-tests found that emotional support and education were significantly related to the initiation of breastfeeding. And finally, many mothers stated feeling pressure to breastfeed in order to be a ‘good mother’ however, many also stated feeling uncomfortable breastfeeding in public often due to a negative image being portrayed in the media. The study highlighted one of the most common barriers to breastfeeding was a lack of support and a sense of isolation. This shows that future research needs to focus on exploring the best way to support a mother both mentally and physically in order to improve the breastfeeding rates in the early postpartum period.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Degree in Childhood Studies: Early Years
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Childhood
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 12:06
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 12:06
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6091

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