Women's Breastfeeding Learning Experiences
Breastfeeding is valuable sustenance labour performed in society. The intent of this study was to learn about the strategies a group of women who live in Eastern Nova Scotia used to inform themselves about breastfeeding as an infant feeding choice, and how these strategies impacted on their individual perceptions of their breastfeeding success. Two qualitative focus groups were conducted and results were organized around themes and presented in the women's own words. They suggest the women's breastfeeding learning began with their decisions to breastfeed continued throughout their practical breastfeeding experiences, and went on past weaning in the form of self-reflections. The women stated, among other tools, mentors, literature, and particularly, their own practical experiences influenced their success. This study may be a first step towards other breastfeeding learning research studies that explore the lived experiences of women and in turn draws attention to the importance of the learning and working that occurs in their daily lives.Résumé
L'allaitement maternel revêt une grande importance dans notre société. L'objectif de cette étude était de voir les stratégies utilisées par un groupe de femmes de l'Est de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour se renseigner sur l'allaitement maternel comme méthode d'alimentation des nourrissons et l'impact de ces stratégies sur les perceptions de ces femmes par rapport à leur succès. Deux entrevues de groupe out été menées; les résultats ont été regroupés par thèmes et reprenaient textuellement les mots des participantes. Ces résultats démontrent que les connaissances des participantes sur l'allaitement maternel se sont développées en trois temps : d'abord quand elles ont pris la décision d'allaiter; ensuite à travers leur propre expérience d'allaitement et, une fois le sevrage de leur enfant terminé, à la relecture de ce qu'elles ont vécu. Parmi les moyens ayant favorisé la réussite de leur expérience, elles ont mentionne l'accompagnement, les écrits sur le sujet et surtout leur propre expérience d'allaitement. Cette étude pent être une amorce à d'autres recherches qui attirent l'attention sur l'importance d'apprendre à allaiter et les efforts consentis au quotidien.
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