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Mothers of lower socioeconomic status make the decision to formula-feed in the context of culturally shared expectations and practices
  1. Dawn Leeming
  1. Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Dawn Leeming University of Huddersfield, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK; d.leeming{at}hud.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • Within some communities women may already view formula-feeding as the obvious infant-feeding choice, even before pregnancy. Therefore, breastfeeding promotion should not be focused just on pregnant women, but on the wider community.

  • Exposure to other women breastfeeding may help to promote breastfeeding during pregnancy.

  • Research methods which enable more sustained engagement with participants may facilitate further understanding of the perspectives of mothers from communities where formula-feeding is dominant.

Context

Despite global efforts to promote the health benefits of breastfeeding, rates of breastfeeding differ considerably across countries and demographic groups.1 ,2 The present study took place in the Republic of Ireland …

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