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J Health Psychol. 2009 Apr;14(3):435-46. doi: 10.1177/1359105309102200.

'Natural versus taught': competing discourses in antenatal breastfeeding workshops.

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University of Huddersfield, UK. a.locke@hud.ac.uk

Abstract

This article is an analysis of talk in breastfeeding workshops that are part of National Childbirth Trust antenatal classes. Using audio-recordings from breastfeeding workshops antenatal classes, the data were analysed using a qualitative, discursive methodology based in part on the premises outlined by Potter and Wetherell (1987) and Edwards and Potter (1992, 2001). The analysis demonstrates how there are two main discourses of breastfeeding constructed by the breastfeeding counsellor-breastfeeding as natural, and breastfeeding as learnt. In particular, it notes how these two main discourses of breastfeeding that are seemingly in competition with one another, operate concurrently within the teaching of breastfeeding, and enable the breastfeeding counsellor to manage issues and concerns around breastfeeding.

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19293305
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10.1177/1359105309102200
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