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Title: The lived experiences of women without COVID-19 in breastfeeding their infants during the pandemic: A descriptive phenomenological study
Author(s): Yip, Ka Huen 
Yip, Jeffrey Yuk Chiu 
Tsui, Zoe Wai King 
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: MDPI
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
Volume: 19
Issue: 15
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020 has led to several changes and disturbances in the daily lives of the general public. Particularly for new (first-time) mothers, there has been a significant impact on the practices of raising and feeding their babies. Social distancing measures everywhere have made mothers hesitant to breastfeed their babies anywhere else but at home. Combined with the fear of being infected with COVID-19, the present situation has created unprecedented barriers for breastfeeding mothers to accessing various types of support: emotional, instrumental, informational, and appraisal. There has been no research on the influence of the pandemic on social support regarding breastfeeding in Hong Kong. This study aimed to explore the social support and impact of COVID-19 on mothers breastfeeding their babies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 currently breastfeeding women in Hong Kong. Colaizzi’s seven-step method was used for data analysis. Two key themes emerged from the interview data: (1) positive influences on breastfeeding support during COVID-19 and (2) negative influences on breastfeeding support during COVID-19. Our findings may help mothers prepare to breastfeed their babies in places other than their homes.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19159511
CIHE Affiliated Publication: Yes
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