A qualitative analysis of the breastfeeding experiences of mothers who are nurses and nutritionists


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Background: From a medical standpoint, breastmilk is the optimal option for feeding a baby, relegating the cultural, social, and material determinants to breastfeeding. Worldwide, breastfeeding rates are low, especially among working mothers. Healthcare providers have low breastfeeding rates due to several barriers to lactation, i.e. work schedule andlack of private places for pumping. Method: A descriptive qualitative methodology was applied to examine the breastfeeding experiences of Ecuadorian mothers who are healthcare professionals. Twenty healthcare professionals who breastfed their babies took part in the research. Data gathering employed synchronous semi-structured interviews in Spanish. The data analysis followed the Phronetic Iterative Approach. Results: Women shifted the preconceived idea of the ideal breastfeeding scenario concerning duration, promotion, and support, ideals which are constructed in their training as healthcare professionals. Although these women believe that breast milk and breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby, the internalized ideal of breastfeeding shifted with the experience of motherhood. Although they had that clash between the ideal and the external reality, they continued breastfeeding their babies, and those experiences resulted in them improving their professional practice. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that breastfeeding for this group of women appears to be a unique relational and identity negotiation process. The findings emphasize that experiencing breastfeeding for this group of healthcare providers positively shifted how they communicate breastfeeding with their patients in the clinical encounter. Ensuring that healthcare professionals acquire a different approach for educating and communicating about lactation is an essential determinant in efforts to improve breastfeeding rates in Ecuador.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)84-91
Número de páginas8
PublicaciónJournal of Communication in Healthcare
EstadoPublicada - 16 mar. 2023
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