The role of early years care providers in supporting continued breastfeeding and breast milk feeding

Lindsay Dombrowski, Susan Henderson, Joyce Leslie, Khadija Mohammed, Dorothy Johnson, Nancy Allan

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Abstract

This paper discusses challenges faced by mothers who seek to continue breastfeeding and/or breast milk feeding (B/BMF) whilst using daytime childcare, and early years practitioners’ attitudes toward their role in the support of these feeding practices. The dataset being reported comes from a small-scale feasibility study that was conducted in the summer of 2015 at a childcare provider site in a highly deprived urban area of Scotland. Focus groups with B/BMF mothers, as well as with early years practitioners were conducted. We report data pertaining to where responsibility lies for facilitating continued B/BMF, and on the perception of practitioners’ attitudes, knowledge about, skills and providers’ facilities for B/BMF. We recommend that care providers actively engage prospective parents in a discussion about how they can support continued B/BMF. This original data is contextualised and critically discussed within the wider literature with special attention being paid to the concepts of unintended consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1430123
Pages (from-to)205-220
Number of pages16
JournalEarly Years
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • breastfeeding
  • breast milk
  • childcare
  • early years

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