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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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MARQUES, Emanuele Souza; COTTA, Rosangela Minardi Mitre  and  ARAUJO, Raquel Maria Amaral. Social representations of women who brasfeed about breast feeding and the use of pacifiers. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.62, n.4, pp.562-569. ISSN 0034-7167.

The objective was to identify the different meanings that surround the breastfeeding and the use of pacifiers of a group of mothers of children under six months old. Adopted to the precepts of qualitative research methodology. Interviews were conducted semi-structured individual, transcribed in full and analyzed using the technique to analyse the content of Bardin. The comprehensive analysis of speeches revealed the presence of representations which can carry interference in the decision to breastfeed - both positive, as negatively. In that sense, it is important that health professionals, know the context in which these women are found, especially their doubts, fears, myths and beliefs in relation to breastfeeding, thus acting in favour of lactation.

Keywords : Breast feeding; Qualitative research; Nursing.

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