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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308178
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experiences of Breastfeeding Women
Author(s):
Phillips, Karen F.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Iota Alpha
Author Details:
Karen F. Phillips, EdD, RN, BS, MS, phillipsk116@wpunj.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on:Sunday, November 17, 2013

Breastfeeding has been associated with numerous long term infant and maternal health benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (2012) and the World Health Organization (2011) among others recommend excluisve breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Currently only 16.5 percent of women are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months (Centers for Disease Control, 2012). Although exclusive breastfeeding rates are increasing, these rates are well below the objectives of Healthy People 2020 of 25.5 percent exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months.

A qualitative, phenomenological, hermeneutic study was conducted to explore the lived experiences of first-time breastfeeding mothers. Seventeen English-speaking women, ages 21 to 40 breastfeeding for the first time, participated in semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions that explored their breastfeeding experience. Participants were interviewed 24 to 48 hours after birth and at 4 weeks postpartum until common themes emerged.

 Breastfeeding women in this study described the difficulties faced during their breastfeeding experience. The study participants spoke of the excitement, exhilaration, and feeling of empowerment when breastfeeding was successful. Helpful strategies' include anticipatory guidance, breastfeeding education, lactation support, and roomin-in among others. An in-depth analysis of the narrative interviews revealed 8 major themes.

The findings from the study provide leaders, maternal child healthcare professionals, and breastfeeding women additional insights into the breastfeeding experience. A greater understanding of the breastfeeding experience could enhance current approaches to current breastfeeding education and support leading to improved continuation and duration rates as well as improved health outcomes for future generations.

Keywords:
lived experiences with breastfeeding; breastfeeding education; breastfeeding support
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experiences of Breastfeeding Womenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Karen F.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentIota Alphaen_GB
dc.author.detailsKaren F. Phillips, EdD, RN, BS, MS, phillipsk116@wpunj.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308178-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on:Sunday, November 17, 2013</p> Breastfeeding has been associated with numerous long term infant and maternal health benefits. The American Academy of Pediatrics (2012) and the World Health Organization (2011) among others recommend excluisve breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Currently only 16.5 percent of women are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months (Centers for Disease Control, 2012). Although exclusive breastfeeding rates are increasing, these rates are well below the objectives of Healthy People 2020 of 25.5 percent exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months. <p>A qualitative, phenomenological, hermeneutic study was conducted to explore the lived experiences of first-time breastfeeding mothers. Seventeen English-speaking women, ages 21 to 40 breastfeeding for the first time, participated in semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions that explored their breastfeeding experience. Participants were interviewed 24 to 48 hours after birth and at 4 weeks postpartum until common themes emerged. <p> Breastfeeding women in this study described the difficulties faced during their breastfeeding experience. The study participants spoke of the excitement, exhilaration, and feeling of empowerment when breastfeeding was successful. Helpful strategies' include anticipatory guidance, breastfeeding education, lactation support, and roomin-in among others. An in-depth analysis of the narrative interviews revealed 8 major themes. <p>The findings from the study provide leaders, maternal child healthcare professionals, and breastfeeding women additional insights into the breastfeeding experience. A greater understanding of the breastfeeding experience could enhance current approaches to current breastfeeding education and support leading to improved continuation and duration rates as well as improved health outcomes for future generations.en_GB
dc.subjectlived experiences with breastfeedingen_GB
dc.subjectbreastfeeding educationen_GB
dc.subjectbreastfeeding supporten_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:27:55Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:27:55Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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