Breastfeeding throughout legal separation: women's experiences of the Australian Family Law system

dc.contributor.authorSweet, Linda Phyllis
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-02T06:19:20Z
dc.date.available2014-07-02T06:19:20Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.descriptionAuthor version made available in accordance with the publisher's policy.en
dc.description.abstractIn 2006, the Australian Government introduced the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility) Act 2006 (Cth), which put in place a legal presumption of shared parental responsibility for children after separation and which emphasizes “equal-time” parenting arrangements regardless of the child’s age. A qualitative approach was taken to investigate breastfeeding women’s experiences of the implementation of the act and its impact on their ability to maintain breastfeeding. Fifteen women responded to questions related to their breastfeeding and their engagement with the family law system. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed, and data were then analyzed thematically. These women experienced inconsistent advice from all facets of legal services, including opinions about the inappropriateness of breastfeeding for infants over 6 months of age. Breastfeeding was considered only as nutrition, without recognition of its immunological and cognitive benefits and the security and comfort it provides. Many participant women felt that they had been persuaded against discussing breastfeeding in the legal system, resulting in a sense of disempowerment.en
dc.identifier.citationSweet, L.P. (2010). Breastfeeding throughout legal separation: women's experiences of the Australian Family Law system. Journal of Human Lactation, 26(4) pp. 384-392.en
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1177/0890334410371333en
dc.identifier.issn0890-3344
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2328/27759
dc.language.isoen
dc.oaire.license.condition.licenseIn Copyright
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen
dc.rights© Copyright 2010 International Lactation Consultant Associationen
dc.rights.holderInternational Lactation Consultant Associationen
dc.titleBreastfeeding throughout legal separation: women's experiences of the Australian Family Law systemen
dc.typeArticleen
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookupSweet, Linda Phyllis: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0605-1186en_US
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