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Midwives’ experiences of helping women struggling to breastfeed

Lawton, K and Robinson, A (2016) Midwives’ experiences of helping women struggling to breastfeed British Journal of Midwifery, 24 (4). pp. 2-7.

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Abstract

Background: Breastfeeding is accepted as the optimum way to nourish babies. It is established that women need informed support from midwives, but the focus of previous research has been predominantly on women’s experiences, rather than that of midwives. Aims: The aim of this study was to explore midwives’ experiences of helping women who were struggling to breastfeed. Methods: A qualitative methodology was selected using a phenomenological approach. Five midwives were purposefully recruited and data were collected using semi-structured interviews. Following transcription, data were analysed using Colaizzi’s (1978) framework of analysis. Findings: Three themes emerged describing midwives’ experiences: time poverty, the impact of being ‘with women’, and professional integrity. Conclusions: The study revealed that breastfeeding has an emotional impact on midwives. Not being able to spend the time they felt the women needed affected the midwives. With reports of an increasing shortage of midwives, there is concern that time poverty may increase, leading to a greater sense of professional dissatisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Health_Care
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Lawton, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Robinson, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 April 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 Mark Allen Healthcare
Uncontrolled Keywords : Breastfeeding, Information, Midwifery support, Phenomenology
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 12 May 2016 11:42
Last Modified : 12 May 2016 11:42
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810686

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