Breastfeeding and the responsibilities of GPs: a qualitative study of general practice registrars

Brodribb, Wendy, Jackson, Claire, Fallon, Anthony and Hegney, Desley (2007) Breastfeeding and the responsibilities of GPs: a qualitative study of general practice registrars. Australian Family Physician, 36 4: 283-285.

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Author Brodribb, Wendy
Jackson, Claire
Fallon, Anthony
Hegney, Desley
Title Breastfeeding and the responsibilities of GPs: a qualitative study of general practice registrars
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2007-03-29
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 283
End page 285
Total pages 3
Editor R. Watson
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321209 Family Care
730204 Child health
730201 Women's health
Abstract The most recent National Health Survey reports that more than 80% of women initiate breastfeeding, while recent studies describe initiation rates of more than 90%. Yet fewer than 50% of women continue to breastfeed for 6 months or longer. This is at odds with National Health and Medical Research Council recommendations that 80% of infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. Women are more likely to initiate and continue to breastfeed if their doctor supports and encourages them to do so. Conversely, women perceive a neutral attitude by doctors toward breastfeeding to be similar to a negative attitude. Therefore, while doctors may not perceive their support or encouragement to be a determining factor in a woman’s breastfeeding decisions, women often place great emphasis on their GP's attitude to breastfeeding and are much more likely to think that information provided by a doctor is important. No previous research in Australia has addressed the issue of how GPs perceive their roles and responsibilities regarding breastfeeding. As part of a larger research project investigating the breastfeeding skills and knowledge of general practice registrars, this article reports the results of qualitative interviews with eight general practice registrars and their views and beliefs about GPs’ responsibilities to breastfeeding women.
Keyword breastfeeding
general practitioners
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