Janice M. Morse is a Professor, Faculty of Nursing and a Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta; an Associate Clinical Nurse Researcher, University of Alberta Hospitals, and an NHRDP Research Scholar. Her research interests are culture and health, clinical nursing research, and women's health.
SOCIAL COERCION FOR WEANING
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1987 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 205–210, July-August 1987
How to Cite
Morse, J. M. and Harrison, M. J. (1987), SOCIAL COERCION FOR WEANING. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 32: 205–210. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(87)90111-X
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
Research investigating the duration of breastfeeding is generally based on the assumption that if lactation is established, then the mother will breastfeed successfully. Longitudinal, qualitative research suggests, however, that it is the attitude of others towards the breastfeeding mother that determines the duration of breastfeeding. When the infant is a newborn, breastfeeding is encouraged. As the infant develops, the support of others towards the nursing mother is withdrawn and the mother is encouraged to wean. Further, the doula not only facilitates breastfeeding, but also, when the infant is perceived to be “old enough,” facilitates weaning.