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J Perinat Educ. 2011 Summer;20(3):134-41. doi: 10.1891/1058-1243.20.3.134.

The value of listening to grandmothers' infant-feeding stories.


The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of storytelling as a foundation for communicating with grandmothers about breastfeeding. The benefits of storytelling are applied to an analysis of infant-feeding stories that grandmothers told during a focus group study conducted by the authors. Thirty-five grandmothers participated in the study. A qualitative content analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that grandmothers' infant-feeding stories provided insights into the people (characters) and circumstances (setting) that affected their early experiences of infant feeding. By asking grandmothers to tell their stories, health-care professionals may understand the personal and cultural context grandmothers bring to their support of new mothers and facilitate a place for grandmothers' voices to be heard.


grandmothers; infant feeding; stories; storytelling

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