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Experiences of full-time working mothers who exclusively breastfeed for six months

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  • Sarinthorn Munghhamanee

    () (Senior lecturer/ nurse in Maternal and Newborn Nursing & Midwifery)

  • Wilawan Dhanawan

    () (Senior lecturer/ nurse in Pediatric Nursing)

  • Siriporn Chudjuajean

    () (Senior lecturer/ nurse in Maternal and Newborn Nursing & Midwifery)

Abstract

This research was conducted with the objective of investigating the experiences of full-time working mothers who exclusively breastfeed for six months. This study employed phenomenology in line with the concept of Husserl. The informants for the study comprised thirteen full-time working mothers who with exclusive breastfeeding experience over the past two years and success in exclusive breastfeeding for six months. Data was collected by conducting in-depth interviews and content analysis under the method of Colaizzi (1978).The findings on the experiences of the full-time working mothers who exclusively breastfed for six months were categorized into the following three groups: 1) The meaning of breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months was a) exclusively breastfeeding for six months is symbolic of the perfect family; b) exclusively breastfeeding for six months is best for the baby; c) exclusively breastfeeding for six months is a maternal role and duty, combined with feelings of maternal pride, breastfeeding joy, mother-child contentment, maternal kindness, self-worth and attachment; 2) the reasons for exclusively breastfeeding for six months were three-fold a) intention and determination; b) previous experience and witnessing examples; c) supportive encouragement and motivation and 3) the management of exclusively breastfeeding for six months comprised the following: a) planning for exclusive breastfeeding; b) period of return to work; c) management of problems and barriers to exclusive breastfeeding occurring during the preparation period for returning to full-time work. These research findings provide understanding about the perceptions, feelings and experiences of full-time working mothers who exclusively breastfeed for six months, which may be used as a guideline for the development of a holistic nursing practice guideline aimed at effectively promoting successful exclusive breastfeeding for six months.

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  • Sarinthorn Munghhamanee & Wilawan Dhanawan & Siriporn Chudjuajean, 2017. "Experiences of full-time working mothers who exclusively breastfeed for six months," Proceedings of International Academic Conferences 5808000, International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:sek:iacpro:5808000
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    Keywords

    experiences; full-time working mothers; exclusively breastfeed;

    JEL classification:

    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • A39 - General Economics and Teaching - - Multisubject Collective Works - - - Other
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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