Bangladeshi women's experiences of infant feeding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Rayment, Juliet, Mccourt, Christine, Vaughan, Lisa, Christie, Janice and Trenchard-Mabere, Esther (2015) Bangladeshi women's experiences of infant feeding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 13 3: 484-499. doi:10.1111/mcn.12169

Author Rayment, Juliet
Mccourt, Christine
Vaughan, Lisa
Christie, Janice
Trenchard-Mabere, Esther
Title Bangladeshi women's experiences of infant feeding in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Journal name Maternal and Child Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-8695
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/mcn.12169
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 13
Issue 3
Start page 484
End page 499
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study examined the main factors that influence Bangladeshi women living in London's decisions to partially breastfeed their children, including the influence of older women within the community. Fifty-seven women of Bangladeshi origin living in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets took part in seven discussion groups between April and June 2013. Five groups were held with women of child-bearing age and two groups with older women in the community. A further eight younger women and three older women took part in one-on-one interviews. Interviews were also carried out with eight local health care workers, including public health specialists, peer support workers, breastfeeding coordinators and a health visitor. The influences on women's infant feeding choices can be understood through a ‘socio-ecological model’, including public health policy; diverse cultural influences from Bangladesh, London and the Bangladeshi community in London; and the impacts of migration and religious and family beliefs. The women's commitment to breastfeeding was mediated through the complexity of their everyday lives. The tension between what was ‘best’ and what was ‘possible’ leads them not only to partially breastfeed but also to sustain partial breastfeeding in a way not seen in other socio-cultural groups in the United Kingdom.
Keyword Bangladesh
Infant feeding
Public health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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