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ERIC Number: EJ1136928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Mothering with an Intellectual Disability: A Phenomenological Exploration of Making Infant-Feeding Decisions
Guay, Amanda; Aunos, Marjorie; Collin-Vézina, Delphine
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n3 p511-520 May 2017
Background: Mothers with intellectual disability are less likely than mothers without intellectual disability to breastfeed their infants, but there is little literature that addresses infant-feeding decisions among this population. This study explores experiences of mothers with intellectual disability in making and carrying out infant-feeding decisions. Methods: Using a phenomenological approach, in-depth interviews were conducted with four mothers with intellectual disability. Results: Analysis focused on making and carrying out infant-feeding decisions. Three sub-themes of making infant-feeding decisions emerged: being familiar with benefits of breastfeeding, owning the initial decision and preparing for infant-feeding. Two sub-themes of carrying out infant-feeding decisions transpired: facing challenges and receiving support. Conclusions: The prenatal period was a crucial time for the mothers regarding infant-feeding decisions. It is the time in which they felt the most decision-making power, yet opportunities to prepare for possible challenges were missed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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