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Encouraging breastfeeding: the role of fathers

Encouraging breastfeeding: the role of fathers

Bhairo, Rachael and Elliott, Helen ORCID: 0000-0002-8798-1037 (2018) Encouraging breastfeeding: the role of fathers. Journal of Health Visiting, 6 (6). pp. 290-301. ISSN 2050-8719 (Print), 2052-2908 (Online) (doi:

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National and international policy and guidance recognise
the health and other benefits of breastfeeding. Fathers are
often the closest form of social support to the mother, with
research suggesting that fathers can be an important source
of breastfeeding support; however, they are not acknowledged
in many existing breastfeeding protocols or policies. The aim
of this literature review is to explore the role of the father in
supporting breastfeeding. Nine studies were included in the
literature review. Three themes were identified: duration of
breastfeeding; educating fathers; and breastfeeding support
from fathers. Findings suggest fathers offer a potentially
valuable support for breastfeeding mothers. Resources and
interventions for fathers need to be designed and researched
with a need for policies and guidelines to acknowledge
their role.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding, fathers, support, health visitors, mothers
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Health Sciences
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 15:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None

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