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Online Perceptions of Mothers About Breastfeeding and Introducing Formula: Qualitative Study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1543-6512
2017 (English)In: JMIR public health and surveillance, ISSN 2369-2960, Vol. 3, no 4, article id e88Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Although the benefits of breastfeeding are well established for babies and their mothers, many women give formula to their infants. Whether to breastfeed or to give infant formula is a complex decision to make. Many parents use the Internet to find information and support that relate to infant feeding decisions.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the perceptions of mothers, who are discussing the topic on Web forums, about introducing infant formula.

METHODS: This is a qualitative, descriptive, and cross-sectional study on online data from parenting Web forums. The text was analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The analysis resulted in 1 main theme, "balancing between social expectations and confidence in your parental ability," which is further divided into 3 themes: "striving to be a good mother," "striving for your own well-being," and "striving to discover your own path."

CONCLUSIONS: Breastfeeding is complex, and health care personnel can, with a more open approach toward formula, create better support for mothers by helping them to be more confident in their parental ability.

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JMIR Publications , 2017. Vol. 3, no 4, article id e88
Keywords [en]
Internet, bottle feeding, breast feeding, decision making, mothers, patient web portals
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-158404DOI: 10.2196/publichealth.8197PubMedID: 29141838OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-158404DiVA, id: diva2:1307289
Available from: 2019-04-26 Created: 2019-04-26 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved

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