The breastfeeding relationship between employed mother-infant dyads: A mixed methods prospective study
Natsuko K. Wood, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN - Assistant Professor at Washington State University, College of Nursing
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- Washington State University, Spokane, Washington, USA
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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of maternal employment during the COVID-19 pandemic on the breastfeeding relationship between breastfeeding mother and infant dyads and its relationship to maternal emotions and to explore maternal breastfeeding experiences.
The Sigma Foundation Small Research grant enabled the author to follow up on three groups of breastfeeding dyads, i.e., mothers who returned to work outside of the home, returned to work from home, and stayed at home with their infants full-time for the first 6 months. The author has a home-based breastfeeding program which was previously evaluated, specifically targeting perceived insufficient milk to change maternal misattribution of normal infant behavior to producing insufficient milk for the recommended 6 months through direct breastfeeding. Findings of this study will add to the author's breastfeeding interventions with a relationship building approach, integration with direct breastfeeding with maternal mental health, and multilevel approaches addressing breastfeeding disparities.
Online fraud was experienced so the author modified recruitment and enrollment strategies to videoconferencing for self-referrals and phone calls for professional referrals. It was time intensive, but this method secured sample validity and data integrity. Moreover, it helped to build a trusting relationship between participants and the author. The author will continue to use this method for her future studies. As note, this method was published under the methodology section in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2023 which was included in the reference and presented at the SIGMA Delta Chi At-large Chapter Induction ceremony in Fall 2023. See poster file attached to this item record.
The author was the recipient of a Sigma Small Grant for the 2021-2022 cohort.
The Sigma Theta Tau International grant application that funded this research, in whole or in part, was completed by the applicant and peer-reviewed prior to the award of the Sigma grant. No further peer-review has taken place upon the completion of the Sigma grant final report and its appearance in this repository.
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