The aim of my primary research is to receive qualitative data on the breastfeeding health benefits for the baby.
Plan of Action
•I will interview a teacher and Gillian Anderson, the breastfeeding co-ordinator at Antrim Area Hospital. My teacher will arrange the letter to ask along with the rest of my class. •I will create suitable and appropriate questions
•I will ask the questions to my teacher to check if they suit the aim and if they are clear enough. •I will redraft any questions based on the advice given.
•I will record the information carefully
•I will present the information gathered analysing the results.
The first question I asked was “what are the main factors which influence a woman’s decision to breastfeed?” Each interviewee answered in great detail. Both the teacher and breastfeeding co-ordinator agreed that there must be adequate support for the mother in the making of her decision. The breastfeeding co-ordinator said, “The woman must receive peer support from other mothers” I think she said this because the woman can receive information on past experience from others mothers and advice on what her decision should be. In comparison, the teacher said “it’s good to receive advice and information from mothers who naturally would have more knowledge about breastfeeding rather than someone who doesn’t breastfeed.” I think this advice is constructive but only to a certain extent. The choice to breastfeed should be made by the mother and no one should force her into thinking their way.
Subsequently, I asked, “How long should a baby be breastfed for and why?” The two respondents presented similar answers as they both agreed that a mother “should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months”. From my research I have identified that it gives a healthy start in life for the baby. I think that both responded with the same answer as there seems to be a tradition passed on throughout the generations that this is the most beneficial way to feed a baby. However the breastfeeding co-ordinator went into more depth and stated, “There is a lot of debate due to the drawbacks of breastfeeding” I think this is due to putting babies off certain foods due to breastfeeding for six months.
My third question I asked was ”what are the health benefits of breastfeeding for the baby” I have researched this already in great detail, however I realised that this might be a chance to find out additional information. Each interviewee stated that “breastfeeding helps assist the bonding process” which I think could be expected as both respondents breastfed and experienced themselves the bond that’s created. The teacher went on to say that due to this, breastfeeding is “recommended by health professionals”. The teacher mentioned that breastfeeding “…reduces the risk of infections” and the breastfeeding co-ordinator expanded this by saying, “chest, ear and urinary tract infections”. It’s important to prevent these infections but I think the most important benefit is to prevent cot death as an infection could easily be cured but cot death takes away a life.
In my next question I asked, “what are the health benefits of breastfeeding for the mother” Both interviewees agreed that breastfeeding is “exceedingly beneficial for the mother’s heath” Mrs Anderson responded further in detail that a mother “reduces breast cancer by 4.3% and “reduces ovarian cancer by 25%” I think these statistics are very intriguing and I was surprised to find out just how a...