International social support and breastfeeding: The relationship between low-income women and their pper counselors

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159699
Type:
Presentation
Title:
International social support and breastfeeding: The relationship between low-income women and their pper counselors
Abstract:
International social support and breastfeeding: The relationship between low-income women and their pper counselors
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2001
Author:Nelson, Teak
P.I. Institution Name:University of Missouri-Columbia
Contact Address:Sinclair School of Nursing, S419 Nursing Building, Columbia, MO, 65211, USA
Contact Telephone:573.882.0255
Numerous breastfeeding peer counseling programs have been developed in recent years in an effort to increase breastfeeding rates among low-income women. Initiation and duration of breastfeeding increase significantly with these programs; however little research has examined what makes them effective. This qualitative pilot study has two aims: 1) to investigate the peer counselor (PC) – breastfeeding woman relationship, and 2) to determine whether participant observation and in-depth interview are appropriate methods to investigate this relationship. A participant observer accompanied each PC (n=2) on individual home visits with breastfeeding women (n=4). In-depth interviews with each participant were conducted within one week of the visit to examine their relationship. Three types of support were found to contribute to the efficacy of the peer counselor program: 1) educational/informational, 2) emotional, and 3) community resource connections. Two emergent themes were identified within the PC – breastfeeding woman relationship. The first, “Going Where the Woman Is”, involves the willingness of the PC to meet women where they are geographically, emotionally, intellectually, and chronologically. “Mutuality of the Relationship”, the second theme, identified a sense of teamwork with the absence of hierarchy or control on the part of the PC. These concepts and themes both contribute to the relationship formed between the women and their PCs, and ultimately impact their breastfeeding experience in a positive manner.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInternational social support and breastfeeding: The relationship between low-income women and their pper counselorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159699-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">International social support and breastfeeding: The relationship between low-income women and their pper counselors</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Nelson, Teak</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Missouri-Columbia</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Sinclair School of Nursing, S419 Nursing Building, Columbia, MO, 65211, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">573.882.0255</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">nelsont@marktwain.net</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Numerous breastfeeding peer counseling programs have been developed in recent years in an effort to increase breastfeeding rates among low-income women. Initiation and duration of breastfeeding increase significantly with these programs; however little research has examined what makes them effective. This qualitative pilot study has two aims: 1) to investigate the peer counselor (PC) &ndash; breastfeeding woman relationship, and 2) to determine whether participant observation and in-depth interview are appropriate methods to investigate this relationship. A participant observer accompanied each PC (n=2) on individual home visits with breastfeeding women (n=4). In-depth interviews with each participant were conducted within one week of the visit to examine their relationship. Three types of support were found to contribute to the efficacy of the peer counselor program: 1) educational/informational, 2) emotional, and 3) community resource connections. Two emergent themes were identified within the PC &ndash; breastfeeding woman relationship. The first, &ldquo;Going Where the Woman Is&rdquo;, involves the willingness of the PC to meet women where they are geographically, emotionally, intellectually, and chronologically. &ldquo;Mutuality of the Relationship&rdquo;, the second theme, identified a sense of teamwork with the absence of hierarchy or control on the part of the PC. These concepts and themes both contribute to the relationship formed between the women and their PCs, and ultimately impact their breastfeeding experience in a positive manner.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:15:11Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:15:11Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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