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Calling, permission, and fulfillment: the interembodied experience of breastfeeding

Ryan, K., Todres, L. and Alexander, J. (2011) Calling, permission, and fulfillment: the interembodied experience of breastfeeding. Qualitative Health Research, 21 (6). pp. 731-742. ISSN 1049-7323

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1177/1049732310392591

Abstract/Summary

Drawing on examples from in-depth interviews with 49 women, in this article we aim to open up a discursive space for women and health professionals to begin to explore the phenomenon of the interembodied experience of breastfeeding. Although acknowledging that social dimensions partially constitute the lived body, we further the view that the lived body’s understanding is embedded in contexts far more complex than those that can be represented by language. We argue that women’s narratives of their breastfeeding experience contained instances of the body “understanding” its emotional task at a prelogical, preverbal level. We identified three central, iterative dimensions of the phenomenon— calling, permission, and fulfillment—that occurred prereflexively in the protected space provided by the mother, a space that was easily disrupted by unsupportive postnatal practices. We offer this eidetic understanding and conceptual framework and suggest that it provides new (less damaging) subject positions and ways of behaving.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:70992
Publisher:Sage

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