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Allaitement mixte chez les femmes immigrées d’origine subsaharienne : représentations, connaissances, place de l’entourage

Abstract : Objectives: mixed breastfeeding, which involves feeding the newborn with breast milk, formula or other foods, is a widespread practice in sub-Saharan countries. Thus, many migrant women from these countries practice mixed breastfeeding starting from the birth of their child. The aim of this research is to study the representations of breastfeeding that these women have, to estimate the share of cultural tradition in their decision to breastfeed, and to assess the place of those around them, both professional than personal, in their decision to practice this type of breastfeeding. Methods: 15 interviews were conducted with migrant women of sub-Saharan origin, following childbirth, in October 2020. Results: our study shows that these women practice true mixed breastfeeding: they only give their child breast milk or artificial milk, and do not give other types of food. This breastfeeding is unrelated to the breastfeeding practices and traditions of their country of origin. Their knowledge about the two types of breastfeeding is unequal. These interviews highlighted the importance of transmiting "breastfeeding knowledge", which most often comes from a mother figure. Conclusion: in order to support these women, with their often fragile psychosocial status, it is important for lactation professionals to be able to get rid of the generally unconscious assumption that a sub-Saharan African woman who knows how to breastfeed. Beyond their support for breastfeeding, ensuring a maternal presence with these women will allow professionals to best adapt to the support needs of these patients.
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Marie Petit. Allaitement mixte chez les femmes immigrées d’origine subsaharienne : représentations, connaissances, place de l’entourage. Gynécologie et obstétrique. 2021. ⟨dumas-03349123⟩



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