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Severe breastfeeding difficulties: Existential lostness as a mother - Women’s lived experiences of initiating breastfeeding under severe difficulties
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences. University of Borås.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4319-4584
University of Borås.
University of Borås ; University of Gothenburg.
University of Borås.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 7, article id 10846Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A majority of women in Sweden initiate breastfeeding but almost a quarter stop or wean the infant in the first few weeks

after birth because of difficulties. In order to develop care that facilitates initiation of breastfeeding and enables mothers

to realize their expectations concerning breastfeeding, it is necessary to understand what having severe breastfeeding

difficulties means for women who experience them. The aim of this study is to describe the lived experiences of initiating

breastfeeding under severe difficulties. A reflective lifeworld research design was used. Eight women, seven primiparous

and one multipara, were interviewed within 2 months of giving birth. The essential meaning of the phenomenon is

described as ‘‘Existential lostness as a mother forcing oneself into a constant fight’’. This pattern is further explicated through its

constituents; shattered expectations, a lost time for closeness, being of no use to the infant, being forced to expose oneself,

and gaining strength through sharing. The results show that mothers with severe breastfeeding difficulties feel alone

and exposed because of their suffering and are lost in motherhood. Thus, adequate care for mothers should enhance the

forming of a caring relationship through sharing rather than exposing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 7, article id 10846
Keywords [en]
Breastfeeding difficulties, phenomenology, lifeworld, caring science, lived experiences
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Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23162DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v7i0.10846Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875192875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-23162DiVA, id: diva2:580287
Available from: 2012-12-21 Created: 2012-12-21 Last updated: 2019-02-27Bibliographically approved

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