Breastfeeding mothers’ experiences of bedsharing: a qualitative study

Bailey, Catherine 2016, Breastfeeding mothers’ experiences of bedsharing: a qualitative study, Breastfeeding review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 33-40.

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Title Breastfeeding mothers’ experiences of bedsharing: a qualitative study
Author(s) Bailey, CatherineORCID iD for Bailey, Catherine
Journal name Breastfeeding review
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 33
End page 40
Total pages 8
Publisher Australian Breastfeeding Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 0729-2759
Keyword(s) bedsharing
public policy
Summary Many cultures around the world routinely practise bedsharing by the mother-infant dyad. Bedsharing in these cultures is believed to ensure a safe and comfortable night’s sleep for both mother and infant, as well as supporting breastfeeding. Nonetheless, this practice is at odds with dominant Western cultural ideals about child rearing and is recommendedagainst by public health campaigns regarding SIDS. The current qualitative study aimed to explore the lived experiences of breastfeeding mothers who bed-shared with their infants in a Western cultural setting. In-depth interviews were conducted with six multiparous mothers and were analysed using a phenomenological framework. Seven themes wereidentified, including mothers’ increased sleep quality and/or quantity, easier infant settling and a strong relationship with breastfeeding ease and duration. Given that many mothers bed-share, public policies need to be inclusive of this practice in order to lessen the likelihood of unsafe bedsharing practices.
Language eng
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1111 Nutrition And Dietetics
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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