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Maternal experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

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Maternal experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding : an interpretative phenomenological analysis. / Watkinson, Marcelina; Murray, Craig David; Simpson, Jane.

In: Midwifery, Vol. 36, 05.2016, p. 53-60.

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@article{c35bd329f6aa48b1970263c907219417,
title = "Maternal experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding: an interpretative phenomenological analysis",
abstract = "ObjectiveThe purpose of this study was to explore mothers{\textquoteright} experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding and to understand the meaning and consequences that such experiences had on mothers{\textquoteright} sense of self and the relationships they formed with their children.DesignA qualitative design was applied to this study as it was judged as the most appropriate approach to this novel field of enquiry.SettingThe study was conducted in [country] using a sample of mothers drawn from five different countries from Europe, America and Australia.ParticipantsThe sample consisted of 11 mothers who reported experiencing or having experienced negative embodied emotional sensations associated with breastfeeding in the past five years.MeasurementsSemi-structured interviews were conducted with the mothers and interviews were transcribed to enable the process of data analysis. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA; Smith et al., 2009a, 2009b ) was chosen as a method of data analysis, enabling in depth understanding and interpretation of the meaning of mothers{\textquoteright} experiences. IPA was chosen due to its idiographic commitment and particular interest in sense-making, phenomenology and hermeneutics.FindingsThree themes were generated reflecting the multifaceted nature of breastfeeding experiences (i) {\textquoteleft}Breastfeeding: An unexpected trigger of intense embodied emotional sensations incongruent with view of self{\textquoteright}, (ii) {\textquoteleft}Fulfilling maternal expectations and maintaining closeness with the child{\textquoteright}, (iii) {\textquoteleft}Making sense of embodied emotional sensations essential to acceptance and coping{\textquoteright}.ConclusionsBreastfeeding has the potential to trigger a range of conflicting cognitions and emotions in mothers that may impact on how mothers view themselves and relate to their children.Implications for PracticeIncreasing awareness about emotional breastfeeding experiences and recognising the multifaceted, individual nature of difficulties around breastfeeding enables professionals to offer mothers person-centred care and avoid making clinical decisions and recommendations based on inaccurate knowledge.",
keywords = "Breast feeding, Negative feelings, Nursing aversion, D-MER, Qualitative methods",
author = "Marcelina Watkinson and Murray, {Craig David} and Jane Simpson",
note = "This is the author{\textquoteright}s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Midwifery. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Midwifery, 36, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.019",
year = "2016",
month = may
doi = "10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.019",
language = "English",
volume = "36",
pages = "53--60",
journal = "Midwifery",
issn = "0266-6138",
publisher = "Churchill Livingstone",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Maternal experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding

T2 - an interpretative phenomenological analysis

AU - Watkinson, Marcelina

AU - Murray, Craig David

AU - Simpson, Jane

N1 - This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Midwifery. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Midwifery, 36, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.019

PY - 2016/5

Y1 - 2016/5

N2 - ObjectiveThe purpose of this study was to explore mothers’ experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding and to understand the meaning and consequences that such experiences had on mothers’ sense of self and the relationships they formed with their children.DesignA qualitative design was applied to this study as it was judged as the most appropriate approach to this novel field of enquiry.SettingThe study was conducted in [country] using a sample of mothers drawn from five different countries from Europe, America and Australia.ParticipantsThe sample consisted of 11 mothers who reported experiencing or having experienced negative embodied emotional sensations associated with breastfeeding in the past five years.MeasurementsSemi-structured interviews were conducted with the mothers and interviews were transcribed to enable the process of data analysis. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA; Smith et al., 2009a, 2009b ) was chosen as a method of data analysis, enabling in depth understanding and interpretation of the meaning of mothers’ experiences. IPA was chosen due to its idiographic commitment and particular interest in sense-making, phenomenology and hermeneutics.FindingsThree themes were generated reflecting the multifaceted nature of breastfeeding experiences (i) ‘Breastfeeding: An unexpected trigger of intense embodied emotional sensations incongruent with view of self’, (ii) ‘Fulfilling maternal expectations and maintaining closeness with the child’, (iii) ‘Making sense of embodied emotional sensations essential to acceptance and coping’.ConclusionsBreastfeeding has the potential to trigger a range of conflicting cognitions and emotions in mothers that may impact on how mothers view themselves and relate to their children.Implications for PracticeIncreasing awareness about emotional breastfeeding experiences and recognising the multifaceted, individual nature of difficulties around breastfeeding enables professionals to offer mothers person-centred care and avoid making clinical decisions and recommendations based on inaccurate knowledge.

AB - ObjectiveThe purpose of this study was to explore mothers’ experiences of embodied emotional sensations during breastfeeding and to understand the meaning and consequences that such experiences had on mothers’ sense of self and the relationships they formed with their children.DesignA qualitative design was applied to this study as it was judged as the most appropriate approach to this novel field of enquiry.SettingThe study was conducted in [country] using a sample of mothers drawn from five different countries from Europe, America and Australia.ParticipantsThe sample consisted of 11 mothers who reported experiencing or having experienced negative embodied emotional sensations associated with breastfeeding in the past five years.MeasurementsSemi-structured interviews were conducted with the mothers and interviews were transcribed to enable the process of data analysis. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA; Smith et al., 2009a, 2009b ) was chosen as a method of data analysis, enabling in depth understanding and interpretation of the meaning of mothers’ experiences. IPA was chosen due to its idiographic commitment and particular interest in sense-making, phenomenology and hermeneutics.FindingsThree themes were generated reflecting the multifaceted nature of breastfeeding experiences (i) ‘Breastfeeding: An unexpected trigger of intense embodied emotional sensations incongruent with view of self’, (ii) ‘Fulfilling maternal expectations and maintaining closeness with the child’, (iii) ‘Making sense of embodied emotional sensations essential to acceptance and coping’.ConclusionsBreastfeeding has the potential to trigger a range of conflicting cognitions and emotions in mothers that may impact on how mothers view themselves and relate to their children.Implications for PracticeIncreasing awareness about emotional breastfeeding experiences and recognising the multifaceted, individual nature of difficulties around breastfeeding enables professionals to offer mothers person-centred care and avoid making clinical decisions and recommendations based on inaccurate knowledge.

KW - Breast feeding

KW - Negative feelings

KW - Nursing aversion

KW - D-MER

KW - Qualitative methods

U2 - 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.019

DO - 10.1016/j.midw.2016.02.019

M3 - Journal article

VL - 36

SP - 53

EP - 60

JO - Midwifery

JF - Midwifery

SN - 0266-6138

ER -