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Breastfeeding experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in an urban setting in Brisbane

Breastfeeding Review
Volume 21 Issue 3 (Nov 2013)

Abstract: Study aim: This study examined urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers' breastfeeding experiences to inform support for mothers and their families. Study design: The research took a strengths approach, using qualitative methodology Twenty semi-structured in-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted and analysed thematically. Setting and participants: Indigenous mothers of infants 3 to 12 months were recruited through a Brisbane Indigenous health service. Key findings: All mothers recounted considerable physical and emotional energy invested in breastfeeding. Although early introduction of formula made sense for some mothers under stressful circumstances, timely pro-breastfeeding support from family and health professionals facilitated continued breastfeeding. Professional and social/family contacts play key roles in steering infant feeding outcomes. Conclusions: Mothers' experiences strongly influence infant feeding strategies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community strengths are underutilised in supporting breastfeeding mothers. Future implications: Indigenous mothers, family and community strengths present points for engagement in future breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives.

To cite this article: Foley, Wendy; Schubert, Lisa and Denaro, Tara. Breastfeeding experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers in an urban setting in Brisbane [online]. Breastfeeding Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, Nov 2013: 53-61. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=150172931975699;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0729-2759. [cited 01 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Foley, Wendy; Schubert, Lisa; Denaro, Tara; Source: Breastfeeding Review, Vol. 21, No. 3, Nov 2013: 53-61 Document Type: Journal Article, Research ISSN: 0729-2759 Subject: Torres Strait Islanders; Women--Interviews; Women, Aboriginal Australian; Breastfeeding promotion; Affiliation: (1) Research Officer, Inala Indigenous Health, Queensland Health, PO Box 52,Inala QLD 4077, and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, email: wendyjoley@health.qld.govau, tel: +61731817623
(2) Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition, School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia, and Child Health Nurse, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Queensland Health, P0 Box 52, Inala QLD 4077

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