Lucchini-Raies, C. (Camila); Márquez-Doren, F. (Francisca); Garay-Unjidos, N. (Nicole); et al. "Care during Breastfeeding: Perceptions of Mothers and Health Professionals". Investigación y Educación en Enfermería. 37 (2), 2019, e09
Objectives: To know the perceptions of mothers and health professionals in relation to the care provided and received during breastfeeding at primary health care level.
Methods: A qualitative exploratory study was conducted with breastfeeding mothers (10) and primary health care professionals (24). Data was gathered through in-depth interviews and focus groups. Data analysis was performed through thematic content analysis. The rigor of the study was ensured by the Guba and Lincoln criteria for qualitative research. Ethical aspects were addressed through the informed consent process, confidentiality, and methodological rigor.
Results: The experience of providing/receiving breastfeeding support was revealed as a dynamic, multidimensional care and support process, through three central themes: 1. Influence of previous care and support experiences during the breastfeeding process; 2. Importance of the context within which care is framed; and 3. Addressing emotions to establish trust between professionals and mothers.
Conclusions: The study findings contribute to further understanding a complex phenomenon, such as breastfeeding support and care for mothers/families, from the experience of the actors involved, deepening the experiences of both in integrated manner. In addition, the relational, organizational, and contextual dimensions that influence support, and that should guide care, are also highlighted.