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Lööf-Johansson, Margareta
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Lööf-Johansson, M., Foldevi, M. & Rudebeck, C.-E. (2013). Breastfeeding as a Specific Value in Womens Lives: The Experiences and Decisions of Breastfeeding Women. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(1), 38-44
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Breastfeeding as a Specific Value in Womens Lives: The Experiences and Decisions of Breastfeeding Women
2013 (English)In: Breastfeeding Medicine, ISSN 1556-8253, E-ISSN 1556-8342, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 38-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Worldwide, breastfeeding is recommended for every woman who gives birth to a child. The propensity to breastfeed varies. There is considerable knowledge about the experiences and circumstances that affect the decision to breastfeed, but knowledge about what actually generates the decision's force still needs to be increased. The aim of this study was to gain knowledge of how the decision to breastfeed is initiated and upheld.

Subjects and Methods: Eighteen women from three generations were interviewed, and the data were analyzed by qualitative content analysis.

Results: Six categories were revealed: “Task,” “Instinct,” “Silent Impact,” “Conflicts,” “Job,” and “Joy.” The women took on the Task of breastfeeding during pregnancy. The will to breastfeed was also recognized as an Instinct. The older women remained more in the background, exerting a Silent Impact. Parents' agreement that mothers remain at home and breastfeed for the first 6 months could be considered disturbing from a gender equality perspective. Competition arose between spouses, which could lead to Conflicts at weaning. The mothers in the study chose to stay home to do the Job and experience the Joy of breastfeeding.

Conclusions: A summarizing theme was the specific life value of breastfeeding, encompassing feelings of coherence, pleasure, and pride, regardless of generation affiliation. As the favorable interplay of biological, sensual, relational, and social elements this value upheld the decision to breastfeed. It compensated for the effort and negative experiences, and as a finding, it appears to be transferable among breastfeeding mothers in other developed countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mary Ann Liebert, 2013
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-90209 (URN)10.1089/bfm.2012.0008 (DOI)000314580600007 ()

Funding Agencies|Research Council of Southern Sweden||

Available from: 2013-03-21 Created: 2013-03-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Lööf-Johansson, M., Brudin, L., Sundquist, M., Thorstenson, S. & Edvard Rudebeck, C. (2011). Breastfeeding and prognostic markers in breast cancer. BREAST, 20(2), 170-175
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Breastfeeding and prognostic markers in breast cancer
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2011 (English)In: BREAST, ISSN 0960-9776, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 170-175Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Several studies suggest that total breastfeeding time reduces breast cancer risk. The underlying mechanisms are unclear. Whether breastfeeding also affects the prognosis is not yet investigated. A number of tumour characteristics, i.e. histological type of cancer, grade, tumour size, Nottingham prognostic index, vascular invasion and DNA-ploidy, have been demonstrated to be of prognostic value. Methods: We have searched for a possible link between these prognostic markers and breastfeeding time, age at first child and number of children. 250 women treated for breast cancer have answered a questionnaire. Results: No significant interactions were found possibly with one exception, LVI vs. age at first child. We found, significant correlations between lobular cancer, and thereby also DNA-ploidy, and age at first childbirth. Conclusions: We have found that lobular cancer (and thereby also diploid tumours) are connected, independently, to age at first childbirth and possibly also to number of children but no other correlations between reproductive data, breastfeeding included, and prognostic markers used in this study were found.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Breast cancer, Breastfeeding, Prognostic markers, LNS, LVI, NHG, NPI
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67734 (URN)10.1016/j.breast.2010.08.007 (DOI)000289324000013 ()
Available from: 2011-04-26 Created: 2011-04-26 Last updated: 2011-04-26

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