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dc.contributor.authorBEGLEY, CECILYen
dc.contributor.authorGALLAGHER, LOUISEen
dc.contributor.authorCARROLL, MARGARETen
dc.contributor.authorCLARKE, MICHAELen
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-17T10:08:49Z
dc.date.available2015-04-17T10:08:49Z
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.date.submitted2015en
dc.identifier.citationCarroll, M., Gallagher, L., Clarke, M., Millar, S., Begley, C. , Artificial milk-feeding women's views of their feeding choice in Ireland, Midwifery, 31, 6, 2015, 640 - 646en
dc.identifier.otherYen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/73774
dc.descriptionPUBLISHEDen
dc.description.abstractObjective: despite the well-documented benefits of breast feeding to both mother and child, breast-feeding initiation rates in Ireland are the second lowest in Europe. This study set out to explore the views of women from low socio-economic groups in Ireland on their choice to feed their infants artificial milk, and to elicit factors that may encourage these women to breast feed in the future. Design: a qualitative descriptive approach was used. Methods: data were collected through recorded focus groups and individual interviews, using a semi-structured interview schedule. Data were transcribed verbatim. Setting: interviews took place in two regions in the Republic of Ireland, north and south. Participants: a purposive sample was drawn from the population of 2572 women taking part in the Irish Infant Feeding Study who had never breast fed previously, had intended to, and had, fed this infant artificial milk and who had completed their education before they were 18 years of age. Two focus groups with two women in each were conducted and six women took part in individual interviews. Analysis: constant comparative analysis was performed to construct the categories and concepts that led to the final themes. Findings: these artificial milk-feeding women based their infant feeding decision on many social and experiential factors. The major influences on their decisions were: personal attitudes toward feeding methods, and external influences on infant feeding methods. Attitudes towards other women and feeding future infants reinforced a strong preference towards artificial milk feeding. Key conclusions and implications for practice: it is apparent that a prevailing culture that is unreceptive to breast feeding and the lack of positive breast-feeding role models, contributed to a strong commitment to artificial milk feeding for these participants. Promotion of breast feeding must take account of the complex contexts in which women make decisions. Advice regarding breast feeding should take account of women's feelings and avoid undue pressure, while still promoting the benefits of breast feeding to women and their familiesen
dc.description.sponsorshipWe are grateful to the women who agreed to participate in this study, and the staff who assisted and supported the study. The National Infant Feeding Study, of which this small study forms a part, was commissioned by the Health Service Executive. The HSE had no role in study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation or report-writing or in the decision to submit the article for publication. The researchers are entirely independent from the fundersen
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesMidwiferyen
dc.relation.ispartofseries31en
dc.relation.ispartofseries6en
dc.rightsYen
dc.subjectbreast feedingen
dc.subject.lcshbreast feedingen
dc.titleArtificial milk-feeding women's views of their feeding choice in Irelanden
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publicationsen
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publicationsen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/cbegleyen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/gallagloen
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/clarkem2en
dc.identifier.peoplefinderurlhttp://people.tcd.ie/carrololen
dc.identifier.rssinternalid102441en
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2015.03.002en
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.identifier.orcid_id0000-0003-2240-8763en


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