Midwifery basics. Infant feeding: 4. The social context of infant feeding

Joyce Marshall

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Sally has just arrived 'home' to her mother's house from hospital with her partner Joe. They are staying with Sally's mother for a few weeks before moving into their own house. Sally had wanted to have her baby at home as she hated hospitals but had to be transferred to hospital during labour. After baby Eva was born, Sally was distraught because she did not have the opportunity to breastfeed within the first hour (she had read that this was important) but she enjoyed the 'special moment' when she finally breastfed. Sally breastfed Eva a couple of times but was then struggling and asked for help from the midwives. A range of different suggestions was offered by midwives who were very willing to help but seemed very busy. None of the suggestions seemed to help and Sally had been left feeling confused and upset. Sally is now feeling much more relaxed at home with her mother as she is confident her mother can help if needed as she breastfed all of her children. Sally's partner Joe is supportive emotionally but has already suggested Sally should give Eva a bottle of formula milk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalPractising Midwife
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2013


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