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The breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties who use the services of a breastfeeding clinic: a descriptive study.

Lamontagne C, Hamelin AM, St-Pierre M - Int Breastfeed J (2008)

Bottom Line: This study aims to describe the breastfeeding experience of women, particularly those who use the services of the breastfeeding clinic located in the Greater Quebec City area.Their personal characteristics as well as the moral and physical support provided by family and friends and by health professional and clinicians at the breastfeeding clinic were the factors identified most often as having a positive influence on the breastfeeding experience.The results suggest that breastfeeding clinics have a critical role to play in improving the breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties.

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Affiliation: Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada. caroline.lamontagne@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

ABSTRACT

Background: Many women experience breastfeeding difficulties. Sometimes these difficulties lead to breastfeeding cessation. Breastfeeding clinics provide support for women facing such problems. This study aims to describe the breastfeeding experience of women, particularly those who use the services of the breastfeeding clinic located in the Greater Quebec City area.

Methods: This is a descriptive study based on information gathered through telephone questionnaires that were administered in 2006 to a sample of 86 women and semi-structured interviews conducted with 12 of these women.

Results: Painful nipples/breasts, low milk supply and latching difficulties were the three most frequent major breastfeeding problems identified by women. Their personal characteristics as well as the moral and physical support provided by family and friends and by health professional and clinicians at the breastfeeding clinic were the factors identified most often as having a positive influence on the breastfeeding experience.

Conclusion: The results suggest that breastfeeding clinics have a critical role to play in improving the breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties.

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Mentions: Conceptual benchmarks were used to support the analysis. The theory of planned-based behavior had already been found useful for studying breastfeeding determinants [31-33]. According to this theory [34], behavior is determined by intention and perceived behavioral control. Intention is self-determined by attitude, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Two other concepts of this model, facilitating factors and reinforcing factors, were added by Godin [35-37]. For this study, Godin's conceptual framework (Figure 1) served to develop interview questions that would help identify factors influencing women's experience of breastfeeding. It subsequently served to organize the interview data and also facilitated understanding of the influencing factors in the discussion of interview results.


The breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties who use the services of a breastfeeding clinic: a descriptive study.

Lamontagne C, Hamelin AM, St-Pierre M - Int Breastfeed J (2008)

Conceptual framework.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2533286&req=5

Figure 1: Conceptual framework.
Mentions: Conceptual benchmarks were used to support the analysis. The theory of planned-based behavior had already been found useful for studying breastfeeding determinants [31-33]. According to this theory [34], behavior is determined by intention and perceived behavioral control. Intention is self-determined by attitude, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Two other concepts of this model, facilitating factors and reinforcing factors, were added by Godin [35-37]. For this study, Godin's conceptual framework (Figure 1) served to develop interview questions that would help identify factors influencing women's experience of breastfeeding. It subsequently served to organize the interview data and also facilitated understanding of the influencing factors in the discussion of interview results.

Bottom Line: This study aims to describe the breastfeeding experience of women, particularly those who use the services of the breastfeeding clinic located in the Greater Quebec City area.Their personal characteristics as well as the moral and physical support provided by family and friends and by health professional and clinicians at the breastfeeding clinic were the factors identified most often as having a positive influence on the breastfeeding experience.The results suggest that breastfeeding clinics have a critical role to play in improving the breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Université Laval, Québec, G1V 0A6, Canada. caroline.lamontagne@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

ABSTRACT

Background: Many women experience breastfeeding difficulties. Sometimes these difficulties lead to breastfeeding cessation. Breastfeeding clinics provide support for women facing such problems. This study aims to describe the breastfeeding experience of women, particularly those who use the services of the breastfeeding clinic located in the Greater Quebec City area.

Methods: This is a descriptive study based on information gathered through telephone questionnaires that were administered in 2006 to a sample of 86 women and semi-structured interviews conducted with 12 of these women.

Results: Painful nipples/breasts, low milk supply and latching difficulties were the three most frequent major breastfeeding problems identified by women. Their personal characteristics as well as the moral and physical support provided by family and friends and by health professional and clinicians at the breastfeeding clinic were the factors identified most often as having a positive influence on the breastfeeding experience.

Conclusion: The results suggest that breastfeeding clinics have a critical role to play in improving the breastfeeding experience of women with major difficulties.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus