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Barriers to breastfeeding: a qualitative study of the views of health professionals and lay counsellors.

Tennant, R.; Wallace, L.M. and Law, S. (2006). Barriers to breastfeeding: a qualitative study of the views of health professionals and lay counsellors. Community Practitioner, 79(5) pp. 152–156.

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Abstract

Increasing breastfeeding initiation rates is now a target for the NHS. The attitudes and beliefs of health professionals are known to influence mothers' decisions to breastfeed. This paper describes a small qualitative study of health visitors' (n = 7), midwives' (n = 3) and lay breastfeeding counsellors' (n = 2) views of obstacles to breastfeeding. Interviews showed that day-to-day practice is informed by training and personal experience with research evidence having a more limited influence. Health professionals may experience tensions between these influences on their practice. Practical problems in accessing training make it difficult for health professionals to stay up-to-date with new evidence. Information from the study was used to develop a self-study training workbook for local health professionals.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1462-2815
Keywords: attitude of health personnel; breast feeding; community health nursing; counseling; decision making; female; Great Britain; humans; midwifery; nurse-patient relations; nursing staff; nursing education; social support
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 46610
Depositing User: Louise Wallace
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 07:49
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46610
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