Breastfeeding in the context of intimate partner violence
Start date: 2021-01-18
End date: 2026-09-01
Breastfeeding brings benefits for both mother and child and has the potential to positively impact the sustainable development of the world. Statistics suggest that most women plan to breastfeed their babies, and research shows that those who receive support are more likely to succeed. Women who are victims of violence in their partner relationship live in a vulnerable situation, where support from the partner is not a given. According to previous phenomenological research, both breastfeeding and violence have existential meanings for women during the childbirth period. It is therefore interesting to investigate what the combination of these two experiences means for the women, but also to find out what caring related to breastfeeding in the context of intimate partner violence means for the women as well as for the carers. From a caring science perspective, care becomes caring when it leads to strengthened health and well-being and alleviated suffering. By giving the women the opportunity to speak, professionals that come into contact with the women can get a basis for caring care that takes into account the existential meanings of breastfeeding /breastfeeding wishes in the context of intimate partner violence.
The aim of the project
The overall aim of the project is to develop in-depth knowledge about the existential meanings of breastfeeding in the context of intimate partner violence, and what it means to care and be cared for in this context.
The project has a life-world theoretic approach with phenomenological and/or hermeneutic studies.
If you have any questions, please contact Lina Palmér, Supervisor, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in Caring Science.