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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Aug;51(8):778-84. doi: 10.1177/0009922812448954. Epub 2012 Jun 4.

Maternal experience of interactions with providers among mothers with milk supply concern.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0503, USA. flahermanv@peds.ucsf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Milk supply concern is the most common reason given by mothers for discontinuing breastfeeding. OBJECTIVES. To describe maternal experiences of interactions with health care providers related to milk supply.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Ten focus groups (N = 56 participants) were conducted among mothers who had had milk supply concern in the first month after birth. Group sessions were audio-recorded, transcribed, coded, and analyzed to identify themes. Results. Interactions regarding milk supply concern evoked strong emotions, including gratitude, guilt, disappointment, and fear, and measurement of infant weight was frequently reported as a trigger for these emotions. Some mothers reported that experiencing "pressure" and "guilt" when providers emphasized exclusive breastfeeding led to suboptimal breastfeeding choices.

CONCLUSIONS:

Interactions with providers about milk supply concern evoke strong emotions among mothers. Providers should be aware that how they communicate routine advice regarding infant weight and formula may have unintended consequences, including discontinuation of breastfeeding.

PMID:
22669980
PMCID:
PMC5332139
DOI:
10.1177/0009922812448954
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