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Motherhood, breastfeeding and identity

Marshall, Joyce (2011) Motherhood, breastfeeding and identity. Practising Midwife, 14 (2). pp. 16-18. ISSN 1461-3123

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Breastfeeding becomes part of a women’s identity as she enters the journey into motherhood. As women face the challenge of balancing the care of a new baby with the rest of life they come across many different ideas about the qualities of a ‘good mother’ from within their social networks. Throughout their journey into motherhood women weigh up information about breastfeeding in relation to this as they decide what to do. This article identifies the kinds of knowledge women draw on that reinforce their idea of themselves as ‘good mothers’ and the implications of this for midwifery practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 13:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 21:25


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