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dc.contributor.authorHoddinott, Paten_UK
dc.contributor.authorCraig, Leone C Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBritten, Janeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMcInnes, Rhonaen_UK
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-13T14:23:47Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-13T14:23:47Z-
dc.date.issued2012-03en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10083-
dc.description.abstractObjective: To investigate the infant feeding experiences of women and their significant others from pregnancy until 6 months after birth to establish what would make a difference. Design: Qualitative serial interview study. Setting: Two health boards in Scotland. Participants: 72 of 541 invited pregnant women volunteered. 220 interviews approximately every 4 weeks with 36 women, 26 partners, eight maternal mothers, one sister and two health professionals took place. Results: The overarching theme was a clash between overt or covert infant feeding idealism and the reality experienced. This is manifest as pivotal points where families perceive that the only solution that will restore family well-being is to stop breast feeding or introduce solids. Immediate family well-being is the overriding goal rather than theoretical longer term health benefits. Feeding education is perceived as unrealistic, overly technical and rules based which can undermine women's confidence. Unanimously families would prefer the balance to shift away from antenatal theory towards more help immediately after birth and at 3-4 months when solids are being considered. Family-orientated interactive discussions are valued above breastfeeding-centred checklist style encounters. Conclusions: Adopting idealistic global policy goals like exclusive breast feeding until 6 months as individual goals for women is unhelpful. More achievable incremental goals are recommended. Using a proactive family-centred narrative approach to feeding care might enable pivotal points to be anticipated and resolved. More attention to the diverse values, meanings and emotions around infant feeding within families could help to reconcile health ideals with reality.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Group Ltden_UK
dc.relationHoddinott P, Craig LCA, Britten J & McInnes R (2012) A serial qualitative interview study of infant feeding experiences: Idealism meets realism. BMJ Open, 2 (2), p. e000504. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000504en_UK
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/en_UK
dc.subjectMedicineen_UK
dc.subjectPublic healthen_UK
dc.subjectMaternal and infant welfareen_UK
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_UK
dc.titleA serial qualitative interview study of infant feeding experiences: Idealism meets realismen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000504en_UK
dc.identifier.pmid22422915en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleBMJ Openen_UK
dc.citation.issn2044-6055en_UK
dc.citation.volume2en_UK
dc.citation.issue2en_UK
dc.citation.spagee000504en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.author.emailp.m.hoddinott@stir.ac.uken_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aberdeenen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000315042100021en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-84860898744en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid758908en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-4372-9681en_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2012-12-12en_UK
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