Breastfeeding Women's Experience of Expressing: A Descriptive Study
Sarah N Clemons, Lisa H Amir
JOURNAL OF HUMAN LACTATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2010
There is an increasing trend in Australia and elsewhere for mothers to express breast milk. The purpose of this study was to explore breastfeeding women's experiences of expressing breast milk. An anonymous online questionnaire was sent to Victorian members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association via an e-mail link. Response fraction was 903 of 3024 (29.9%). The most common reason for expressing milk was to "store extra breast milk" (57%, 479/836). The most important reason was "not enough milk"/"to make more milk" (15%, 118/771). The majority of women (65%, 666/843) used an electric breast pump, and this method of expressing was preferred by 59% (454/769) of women. Adverse effects of pu..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge Kate Mortensen, manager, Lactation Resource Centre, Australian Breastfeeding Association; Priscilla Robinson, Master of Public Health Programme coordinator, La Trobe University; Susan Greenbank, marketing coordinator, Australian Breastfeeding Association & Mothers Direct; and members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association who kindly completed the survey. Funding was provided by Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University.