publication . Article . 2010

Encouraging breastfeeding: A relational perspective.

Fiona Dykes;
  • Published: 13 Sep 2010 Journal: Early Human Development, volume 86, pages 733-736 (issn: 0378-3782, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Despite the WHO recommendations that babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months and thereafter for up to two years and beyond this pattern of feeding is far from the global norm. Although breastfeeding is triggered through biological mechanisms which have not changed with time, the perception of breastfeeding as a phenomenon is variable, as it not only reflects cultural values of motherhood but is also negotiable from the perspective of the individual. This paper argues that relationships are central to encouraging breastfeeding at an organisational, family and staff–parent level. This shifts our conceptualisations away from the primary focus of breas...
free text keywords: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
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