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'Missing milk': an exploration of migrant mothers' experiences of breastfeeding in the UK / Louise, Condon

Dowling, S. and Pontin, D. eds., 2018. Social experiences of breastfeeding: Building bridges between research, policy and practice. Policy Press.

Swansea University Author: Louise, Condon

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When mothers from countries with high breastfeeding rates come to live in the UK their infant feeding practices frequently change to align with those of the majority population. Migrant mothers are less likely to breastfeed beyond the first few weeks, and introduce solids early. Thus babies of migra...

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Published in: Dowling, S. and Pontin, D. eds., 2018. Social experiences of breastfeeding: Building bridges between research, policy and practice. Policy Press.
ISSN: 978-1-4473-3850-5
Published: Bristol Policy Press 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa44780
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Abstract: When mothers from countries with high breastfeeding rates come to live in the UK their infant feeding practices frequently change to align with those of the majority population. Migrant mothers are less likely to breastfeed beyond the first few weeks, and introduce solids early. Thus babies of migrant mothers are 'missing' the breast milk which would have been their birth right in their countries of origin, and are exposed to the health risks of formula feeding and early solids. Influential in this change is a desire to fit in with the infant feeding 'norms' of the country of migration, and also a desire to escape perceived associations of breastfeeding with poverty and disadvantage. This situation is insufficiently recognised in the UK, and little is known about how best to maintain optimal infant feeding behaviours in migrant groups.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences