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LLORENS MIRA, Beatriz; FERRER HERNANDEZ, Elena; MORALES CAMACHO, Vanesa  y  ALENDA BOTELLA, Ana. We believed in breast feeding: An approach to the experience of three generations. Index Enferm [online]. 2007, vol.16, n.58, pp.34-38. ISSN 1699-5988.

Our changing society is not encouraging breastfeeding, thus research and awareness projects are being carried out regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and the factors influencing mothers’ decision. Objective: To analyze the meaning, through three generations, of certain practices and beliefs by their living experiences. Methodology: Qualitative study, semi-supervised interviews. Deliberate sampling (family and friends) of 12 women between 21 and 81 years old. Results: The average breastfeeding of first baby used to be 18-24 months. Presently it is maintained for 6- 7 months. The role of wet nurses has contributed to the idealisation of breastfeeding and the reinforcement of affective bonds. The decision of breastfeeding is highly influenced by the acquired social beliefs and the social support network. Women's jobs constitute a difficulty towards prolonging breastfeeding. Conclusion: Socio-cultural changes and health issues have not been an obstacle to the maintenance of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is considered a natural process and the emotional relationship cannot be replaced with artificial feeding.

Palabras clave : Breastfeeding; wet nurse; breastfeed; generations.

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