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dc.contributor.authorHasan, AMR
dc.contributor.authorSmith, G
dc.contributor.authorSelim, MA
dc.contributor.authorAkter, S
dc.contributor.authorKhan, NUZ
dc.contributor.authorSharmin, T
dc.contributor.authorRasheed, S
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-18T04:32:37Z
dc.date.available2021-01-18T04:32:37Z
dc.date.issued2020-11-07
dc.identifierpii: 10.1186/s13006-020-00338-0
dc.identifier.citationHasan, A. M. R., Smith, G., Selim, M. A., Akter, S., Khan, N. U. Z., Sharmin, T. & Rasheed, S. (2020). Work and breast milk feeding: a qualitative exploration of the experience of lactating mothers working in ready made garments factories in urban Bangladesh.. International Breastfeeding Journal, 15 (1), pp.93-93. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13006-020-00338-0.
dc.identifier.issn1746-4358
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/258733
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: In Bangladesh 65% of children under 6 months of age were exclusively breastfed with maternal employment being a risk factor that has jeopardized exclusive breastfeeding. As Ready Made Garment (RMG) factories have been the largest employer of low income women in Bangladesh, the objective of our study was to explore the barriers and facilitators of breastfeeding and perceptions about use of expressed breast milk among mothers who worked in the RMG sector. METHODS: This formative research was conducted during July-September 2015 in two slums of Dhaka among RMG workers who were mothers and the caregivers of 0-12 month old infants. Qualitative data was obtained from purposively selected participants of 8 in-depth interviews and 4 focus group discussions (mothers and caregivers), and 2 key informant (RMG factory official) interviews. Mothers were from multiple RMG factories while factory officials were from a single factory. Thematic analysis was conducted. RESULTS: The main themes of qualitative exploration were knowledge and experience of breastfeeding; structural barriers (home and workplace); consequences of inadequate breastfeeding; and perception and experience of using expressed breast milk. Despite knowledge both of the benefits of breast milk and of the importance of breastfeeding for 6 months, most mothers introduced formula as early as 2 months to prepare for their return to work. Barriers such as excessive workload, inadequate crèche facilities at work, and lack of adequate caregivers at home impeded exclusive breastfeeding. Mothers and caregivers had very little knowledge about the use of expressed breast milk and were concerned about contamination. CONCLUSION: As RMG factories are the largest employer of low-income women in Bangladesh, facilitating RMG factory working mothers' ability to use breast milk could help to promote infant health and help women remain in the workforce.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherBioMed Central
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleWork and breast milk feeding: a qualitative exploration of the experience of lactating mothers working in ready made garments factories in urban Bangladesh.
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s13006-020-00338-0
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
melbourne.source.titleInternational Breastfeeding Journal
melbourne.source.volume15
melbourne.source.issue1
melbourne.source.pages93-93
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1478430
melbourne.openaccess.urlhttps://internationalbreastfeedingjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13006-020-00338-0
melbourne.openaccess.pmchttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7648991
melbourne.openaccess.statusPublished version
melbourne.contributor.authorAkter, Shahinoor
dc.identifier.eissn1746-4358
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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