Next Article in Journal
Gambling in Spanish Adolescents: Prevalence and Association with Mental Health Indicators
Next Article in Special Issue
Lockdown-Associated Hunger May Be Affecting Breastfeeding: Findings from a Large SMS Survey in South Africa
Previous Article in Journal
The Influence of Pension Mode on the Mental Health of Older Adults—Evidence from Older Adults in China
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Effect of a Structured Individualized Educational Intervention on Breastfeeding Rates in Greek Women
Article

Barriers and Facilitators for Exclusive Breastfeeding within the Health System and Public Policies from In-Depth Interviews to Primary Care Midwives in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)

1
PhD Programme in Public Health and Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28029 Madrid, Spain
2
Servicio Canario de Salud, Gerencia de Atención Primaria de Tenerife, Primary Health Care San Isidro, 38611 Tenerife, Spain
3
CIBER Infectious Diseases (ISCIII), 28029 Madrid, Spain
4
National Centre for Tropical Medicine, Health Institute Carlos III, 28029 Madrid, Spain
5
Preventive Medicine and Public Health and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28029 Madrid, Spain
6
Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28029 Madrid, Spain
7
CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP-ISCIII), 28029 Madrid, Spain
8
National School of Public Health, Health Institute Carlos III, 28029 Madrid, Spain
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Amal K. Mitra
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(1), 128; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010128
Received: 4 November 2021 / Revised: 20 December 2021 / Accepted: 21 December 2021 / Published: 23 December 2021
The aim of this study is to describe the perspectives of Primary Care midwives regarding factors that benefit or are detrimental to exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) within the health system and public policies. The study was carried out in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) and is based on qualitative methodology. Twenty in-depth interviews were carried out with midwives who work in Primary Care centres in Tenerife, using a content analysis approach. The transcript data were then encoded following an inductive approach. The factors, according to midwives, that affect EBF, with regard to the healthcare system, are related to training of healthcare professionals in breastfeeding and their support to women during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. Regarding public policies, midwives believe the maternity leave periods in Spain, together with a lack of laws and social policies to protect EBF are detrimental. The findings from our study show that there is a need to boost training and the role of professionals in EBF and, at the same time, promote protective policies that foster equality, favouring, among other issues, the work-life balance. View Full-Text
Keywords: exclusive breastfeeding; qualitative research; midwife; health system; public policies; Spain exclusive breastfeeding; qualitative research; midwife; health system; public policies; Spain
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Llorente-Pulido, S.; Custodio, E.; López-Giménez, M.R.; Otero-García, L. Barriers and Facilitators for Exclusive Breastfeeding within the Health System and Public Policies from In-Depth Interviews to Primary Care Midwives in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010128

AMA Style

Llorente-Pulido S, Custodio E, López-Giménez MR, Otero-García L. Barriers and Facilitators for Exclusive Breastfeeding within the Health System and Public Policies from In-Depth Interviews to Primary Care Midwives in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(1):128. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010128

Chicago/Turabian Style

Llorente-Pulido, Seila, Estefanía Custodio, María R. López-Giménez, and Laura Otero-García. 2022. "Barriers and Facilitators for Exclusive Breastfeeding within the Health System and Public Policies from In-Depth Interviews to Primary Care Midwives in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 1: 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010128

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop