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A qualitative exploration of mixed feeding intentions in first-time mothers

BURTON, Amy, TAYLOR, Jennifer, SWAIN, Sophie, HEYES, Jo, CUST, Fiona and DEAN, Sarah (2022) A qualitative exploration of mixed feeding intentions in first-time mothers. British Journal of Midwifery. ISSN 0969-4900

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Background Breastfeeding intention can predict breastfeeding behaviour and is influenced by theory of planned behaviour constructs. Despite associations with reduced breastfeeding duration, there is a lack of research to explore the intention to mixed feed infants. Aims This study aimed to explore the factors that influence pregnant women’s intentions to mixed feed their first child. Methods Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four women pregnant with their first child who intended to mixed feed. An in-depth idiographic multiple case study approach grounded in a ‘subtle realist’ epistemology was used. Results The interviews highlighted the importance of flexibility in feeding decisions, a perception of breastfeeding as restrictive and obstructive to normality and the presence of misinformation and unrealistic expectations about breastfeeding. Conclusions Women need to be informed and supported by professionals, peers, families and broader communities. Cultural narratives must be challenged to enable mothers to feel in control of feeding decisions and without the need to justify feeding activities to protect themselves from anticipated negative emotions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology and Counselling
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2022 15:47
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:02

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