Breastfeeding Research For Infant Feeding Decision Making

1545 Words Nov 28th, 2015 7 Pages
Breastfeeding research is primarily focused on outcomes, such as: conclusions of health for mothers and babies, measuring terms of success standards within the breastfeeding dyad of exclusivity or duration, identifying groups who have more success with breastfeeding intention. However the current literature does not thoroughly explain why women choose to breastfeed or choose not to breastfeed, and the point in time in which they decide.
This chapter proposes that the methodological framework that would best support viewing such a wide range of data across many disciplines is crystallization, which helps present findings in a multifaceted and innovative way without losing possible outliers. This methodology allows for the inclusive of both positivism and interpretivism research with creative outcomes and solutions. Further, while the overriding aim of this research is to define the variables associated with infant feeding decision making, there is an opportunity to use this information to support breastfeeding research, interventions, education, and ultimately individual satisfaction with personal decisions.
Thus, first we will explore the way data was collected for review within this project, and the participants being studied, using what types of instrumentation. In this way we can fully discuss crystallization methodology as a way to analyze the given research. There are precedents for mixed method studies and crystallization in breastfeeding research as well as…
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