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Breastfeeding on demand: Negotiating between contradictory ideals
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Department of Social Anthropology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Fri Amning : Ett förhandlande mellan motsägelsefulla ideal (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine four women’s experiences of and attitudes towards breastfeeding. In order to achieve this end, the four women were interviewed individually. Breastfeeding is a controversial subject, which is also mirrored by the women and the different advice and recommendation that they meet. Consequently, each woman has to take a stand for what she thinks is suitable regarding her individual situation. Moreover, breastfeeding is embedded in complex historical, political and cultural systems. This becomes obvious in the contemporary principle of breastfeeding on demand, according to which breastfeeding is adapted to the child’s needs. Thus, a majority of the interviewees have difficulties with combining breastfeeding on demand with ideas of gender equality. Due to breastfeeding on demand, the women must also breastfeed in public. In those situations, the women are keen on breastfeeding as discretely as possible.

 

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med den här uppsatsen är att undersöka fyra kvinnors erfarenheter av och attityder till amning. Av den anledningen blev de fyra kvinnorna individuellt intervjuade. Amning är ett kontroversiellt ämne, som också speglades av kvinnorna och de råd och rekommendationer de möter. Konsekvensen av detta är att varje kvinna måste ta ställning till vad som passar deras individuella situation. Dessutom, amning är inbäddat i ett komplext historiskt, politiskt och kulturellt system. Detta blir tydligt genom den rådande fria amningsprincipen, som innebär att amningen är anpassad efter barnets behov. Majoriteten av kvinnorna har därför svårigheter med att kombinera fri amning med idéer om jämlikhet. På grund av fri amning, måste kvinnorna ibland amma offentligt. I de situationerna är kvinnorna måna om att amma så diskret som möjligt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Breastfeeding, breastfeeding on demand, gender equality, individualisation
Keyword [sv]
Amning, fri amning, jämlikhet, individualisering
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20382ISRN: LIU-IKK/SANT-A--09-002--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20382DiVA: diva2:234135
Subject / course
Social Anthopology
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Karins Corner, Hus Key, Campus Valla, Linköping (English)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2009-09-07 Created: 2009-09-04 Last updated: 2012-01-05Bibliographically approved

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