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Complex young lives: a collective qualitative case study analysis of young fatherhood and breastfeeding


Ayton, J and Hansen, E, Complex young lives: a collective qualitative case study analysis of young fatherhood and breastfeeding, International Breastfeeding Journal, 11, (6) pp. 1-6. ISSN 1746-4358 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Ayton and Hansen. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1186/s13006-016-0066-9


Background: Of all births in Australia, 10 % are to young fathers aged less than 24 years. How young fathers experience any breastfeeding and how this is shaped by their social context is poorly understood. Our aim is to increase understanding of the lived experience of young fathers (aged less than 24 years) and to explore the way they speak about breastfeeding in the context of their lives and parenting.

Methods: This collective case study analysis uses qualitative data from interviews and focus groups with young fathers (aged less than 24 years) and community support staff. The research was undertaken in Tasmania, Australia, March to December 2013.

Results: Young fathers in our study had complex social and emotional circumstances that meant breastfeeding was not a high priority despite them valuing the health benefits of breastfeeding for their babies. If supported by peers and their community they appear to have a more positive parenting experience.

Conclusion: Breastfeeding although understood by the young fathers in our study as healthy and desirable is not a priority in their lives. Learning to be a parent and support their partners to breastfeed may be more effectively gained through mentoring and father-to-father localized community based support services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:qualitative, breastfeeding, young fatherhood, socioeconomic disadvantage
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Ayton, J (Dr Jennifer Ayton)
UTAS Author:Hansen, E (Dr Emily Hansen)
ID Code:108037
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-04-05
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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