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It is largely accepted that age is associated with breastfeeding duration, which therefore means young mothers are less likely to meet the current breastfeeding guidelines than older mothers. However, very little research has addressed the factors that lead to longer breastfeeding in all mothers and nothing is known about the factors that directly impact young mothers and their breastfeeding duration.
The purpose of this study, therefore, is to investigate the socio-ecological factors that lead to breastfeeding duration in these young mothers. This project addresses the current knowledge gap around young mothers by focusing special attention on the mothers who meet the breastfeeding guidelines by using in-depth interviews to learn what factors helped them to achieve this. Specifically, in this project, we will be interviewing 20 mothers aged less than 25 years, who have breastfed (exclusive or partial) for 4 months or more and have had a baby in the last year and asking about their breastfeeding experience through a 1 hour in-depth interview to reveal the factors helped them to achieve successful breastfeeding. This project, by closely examining breastfeeding young mothers will shed new light on these mothers, which will provide a great platform for future initiatives aimed at increasing the number and duration of women breastfeeding in this group.
We would like to invite to participate in in our study and share your success story.
• Anyone aged less than 25 years
• Partially or exclusively breastfed for 4 months or more
• Had a baby within the last year
• Competent in English.
• Aged more than 25 years
• Baby is older than the age of 1 year
• Breastfed for less than 4 months
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Last updated on Thursday 16 February 2017