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Managing accountability in breastfeeding discourse

Locke, Abigail (2008) Managing accountability in breastfeeding discourse. In: British Psychological Society 2008 Annual Conference, 2nd - 4th April 2008, Dublin, Ireland.

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Research into breastfeeding has primarily been approached in terms of survey style studies which aim to uncover the reasons why breastfeeding rates are so low. This study focuses on the ways in which breastfeeding is taught to expectant mothers and their partners, examining the framing of topics and the accountability work that accompanies breastfeeding discourse, using antenatal sessions run by the National Childbirth Trust as an empirical case. Analysis uses a discursive base to focus on how the breastfeeding counsellors accomplish a portrayal of breastfeeding as valuable, while reducing the scope for and implications of its negative aspects and lack of uptake. This is further discussed in relation to a broader consideration of breastfeeding and female choice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Institute for Health Citizenship
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2010 15:40
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 11:38


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