Qualitative study of decisions about infant feeding among women in east end of London.
Objective To improve understanding of how first time mothers who belong to a socioeconomic group with particularly low rates of breast feeding decide whether or not to initiate breast feeding.
Design Qualitative semistructured interviews early in pregnancy and 6-10 weeks after birth.
Setting Women's homes in east end of London.
Subjects 21 white, low income women expecting their first baby were interviewed mostly at home, often with their partner or a relative.
Two focus groups were conducted.
Results Women who had regularly seen a relative or friend successfully breast feed and described this experience positively were more confident about and committed to breast feeding.
They were also more likely to succeed.
Exposure to breast feeding, however, could be either a positive or a negative influence on the decision to breast feed, depending on the context Women who had seen breast feeding only by a stranger often described this as a negative influence, particularly if other people were present All women knew that breast feeding has health benefits.
Ownership of this knowledge, however, varied according to the woman's experience of seeing breast feeding.
Conclusions The decision to initiate breast feeding is influenced more by embodied knowledge gained from seeing breast feeding than by theoretical knowledge about its benefits. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Allaitement, Questionnaire, Critère décision, Statut socioéconomique, Femelle, Postpartum, Initiation, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Etude comparative, Nutrition, Prévention
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Breast feeding, Questionnaire, Decision criterion, Socioeconomic status, Female, Puerperium, Initiation, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Comparative study, Nutrition, Prevention
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0095772
Code Inist : 002B20G01. Création : 31/05/1999.