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Fathers' experiences of supporting breastfeeding: challenges for breastfeeding promotion and education / Amy Brown; Ruth Davies

Maternal & Child Nutrition, Pages: n/a - n/a

Swansea University Author: Davies, Ruth

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/mcn.12129

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Breastfeeding is a national UK priority but little research has explored fathers' role in supporting breastfeeding . This study explored the experiences of 117 fathers who partners had given birth in the previous two years using an open-ended questionnaire. Results show that father wanted to en...

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Published in: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Published: 2014
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17825
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Abstract: Breastfeeding is a national UK priority but little research has explored fathers' role in supporting breastfeeding . This study explored the experiences of 117 fathers who partners had given birth in the previous two years using an open-ended questionnaire. Results show that father wanted to encourage their partners and support them in breastfeeding but often felt left out and helpless. Many we excluded from ante-natal breastfeeding education and post-natal support. Men wanted more information to help them support their partners. Findings from this study highlight the need for health professionals to direct support and information to fathers. The need to involve fathers in breastfeeding is part of the wider global trend of involved fatherhood which takes into account the contribution fathers make towards their baby/child's health and welfare.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
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