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Local Landscapes of Breastfeeding: A comparison of breastfeeding amongst mothers in low- and high-income neighborhoods in Bristol, UK

Isherwood, Josie; Boyer, Kate; Dowling, Sally

Authors

Josie Isherwood

Kate Boyer



Abstract

© 2019 This paper compares experiences of breastfeeding outside the home for women living in low-income and high-income neighborhoods of the same city. Our findings are based on an analysis of 22 interviews with breastfeeding mothers (11 in each of two study areas) undertaken in Bristol, UK in 2017. We extend existing scholarship by showing how experiences of breastfeeding vary not only at the regional level but between local areas of the same city, and outline how our findings can inform policy. We advance literature on maternal bodies by exploring how local “landscapes” of breastfeeding emerge as mothers encounter and negotiate different socio-material landscapes and locally-differentiated norms about “appropriate” maternal embodiment. We argue that these variegated interactions can lead to different orientations to space and forms of spatial practice on the part of breastfeeding mothers, as well as different kinds of maternal identities.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2019
Journal Health and Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Electronic ISSN 1873-2054
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Article Number 102125
APA6 Citation Isherwood, J., Boyer, K., & Dowling, S. (2019). Local Landscapes of Breastfeeding: A comparison of breastfeeding amongst mothers in low- and high-income neighborhoods in Bristol, UK. Health and Place, 59, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.05.003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.05.003
Keywords breastfeeding, experiences, neighbourhoods, high and low income
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.05.003
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