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The Lived Experiences of Women without COVID-19 in Breastfeeding Their Infants during the Pandemic: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study

Caritas Institute of Higher Education, School of Health Sciences, 2 Chui Ling Lane, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(15), 9511; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159511
Received: 7 June 2022 / Revised: 28 July 2022 / Accepted: 1 August 2022 / Published: 2 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 and Environment: Impacts of a Global Pandemic)
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020 has led to several changes and disturbances in the daily lives of the general public. Particularly for new (first-time) mothers, there has been a significant impact on the practices of raising and feeding their babies. Social distancing measures everywhere have made mothers hesitant to breastfeed their babies anywhere else but at home. Combined with the fear of being infected with COVID-19, the present situation has created unprecedented barriers for breastfeeding mothers to accessing various types of support: emotional, instrumental, informational, and appraisal. There has been no research on the influence of the pandemic on social support regarding breastfeeding in Hong Kong. This study aimed to explore the social support and impact of COVID-19 on mothers breastfeeding their babies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 currently breastfeeding women in Hong Kong. Colaizzi’s seven-step method was used for data analysis. Two key themes emerged from the interview data: (1) positive influences on breastfeeding support during COVID-19 and (2) negative influences on breastfeeding support during COVID-19. Our findings may help mothers prepare to breastfeed their babies in places other than their homes. View Full-Text
Keywords: burnout; COVID-19 pandemic; postnatal care; psychological distress; psychosocial support burnout; COVID-19 pandemic; postnatal care; psychological distress; psychosocial support
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Yip, K.-H.; Yip, Y.-C.; Tsui, W.-K. The Lived Experiences of Women without COVID-19 in Breastfeeding Their Infants during the Pandemic: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 9511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159511

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Yip K-H, Yip Y-C, Tsui W-K. The Lived Experiences of Women without COVID-19 in Breastfeeding Their Infants during the Pandemic: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(15):9511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159511

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Yip, Ka-Huen, Yuk-Chiu Yip, and Wai-King Tsui. 2022. "The Lived Experiences of Women without COVID-19 in Breastfeeding Their Infants during the Pandemic: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 15: 9511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19159511

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