Nipple Pain in Early Motherhood (Paperback)

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Most Australian women plan to breastfeed, yet half of new mothers stop

breastfeeding before they planned and very few meet the National Health and

Medicine Research Council recommendations for optimal infant feeding. By three

months of age about 50% of babies are being fed non-human milk and 80% by

twelve months. Nipple and breast pain are significant problems for breastfeeding

women and a key barrier to establishing long term breastfeeding. This thesis

explores nipple and breast pain in breastfeeding women as a phenomenon using

both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Quantitative data were gathered from a prospective cohort study of 360 primiparous

breastfeeding women recruited in Melbourne, Australia to form two of the six

papers in this thesis. A qualitative study was conducted with 25 of those women,

using phenomenographic analysis of an online discussion forum. Finally a case series

report of a novel treatment for sore nipples completes the comprehensive

exploration of nipple pain in early motherhood.

After birth, before leaving hospital, 79% of the women reported nipple pain and over

the eight weeks of the study 58% reported nipple damage. Almost all the women

used topical treatments on their nipples, although there is insufficient evidence to

recommend many treatments commonly used. The women described feeling

unprepared for the severity of breastfeeding difficulties, vulnerable, isolated and

burdened by this responsibility. New mothers found participating in a research study

to be a supportive and helpful experience.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781835710432
ISBN-10: 1835710433
Publisher: Sander Werkhoven
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2023
Pages: 148
Language: English