Initiating breastfeeding in postwar Queensland

Thorley, V. (2001) Initiating breastfeeding in postwar Queensland. Breastfeeding Review, 9 3: 21-26.

Author Thorley, V.
Title Initiating breastfeeding in postwar Queensland
Journal name Breastfeeding Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-2759
Publication date 2001-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 21
End page 26
Total pages 6
Editor K. Boyd
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Australian Breastfeeding Association
Collection year 2001
Subject C1
321210 Community Child Health
780199 Other
Abstract The aim of this article, part of a larger study (Thorley 2000), was to determine and examine the practices which surrounded the initiation of breastfeeding in Queensland maternity hospitals in the postwar period, 1945-1965. Although it was assumed that mothers would breastfeed, and sound advice was available on how to achieve a good latch, the often arbitary delay of the first breastfeed, and consistently restrictive practices surrounding the frequency and duration of the feeds, were not conducive to an optimal start for breastfeeding. Staff shortages compounded the situation. Mothers felt powerless and were commonly not informed about whether their babies were being complemented with pooled breastmilk or artificial infant milk in the central nursery, nor were they asked permission for these to be given to their babies. Pooled breastmilk from the postnatal wards was available throughout this period, though in the latter part of this period there appears to have been an increase in the use of artificial milks.
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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