UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Talking about breastfeeding - emotion, context and 'good' mothering

Elliott, H; Gunaratnam, Y; (2009) Talking about breastfeeding - emotion, context and 'good' mothering. The Practising Midwife , 12 (6) Green open access

[thumbnail of elliott_and_Gunaratnam_Practising_Midwife.pdf]
Preview
Text
elliott_and_Gunaratnam_Practising_Midwife.pdf - Submitted Version

Download (333kB) | Preview

Abstract

The benefits of breastfeeding are now recognised and promoted by governments and healthcare services internationally (WHO 2007),with feeding regarded as a significant part of the maternal role: in the words of the World Health Organization: ?no gift is more precious than breastfeeding?. The idea that breastfeeding can be a ?gift? signifies the increasing, heavy cultural and emotional load of feeding for mothers. Feeding practices can be used to differentiate ?good? and ?bad? mothers, ?high? or ?low? social status and can also be associated with feelings of intimacy, estrangement, guilt, joy, failure or success. In this article we discuss the findings from the Open University's ?Becoming aMother? study (www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/ identities/findings/Hollway.pdf) in the light of these wider issues and current policy initiatives.

Type: Article
Title: Talking about breastfeeding - emotion, context and 'good' mothering
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1493546
Downloads since deposit
30Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item