A Constant Struggle of Breastfeeding at Workplace: A Narrative Review

Authors

  • Elda Oncossya Panggabean Occupational Medicine Master Program, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Ray Wagiu Basrowi Occupational Medicine Master Program, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia Health Collaborative Center (HCC), Jakarta, Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53773/ijcom.v4i1.127.32-8

Keywords:

breastfeeding, working mother, exclusive breastfeeding, moral issues

Abstract

Breastfeeding has been shown and proved to offer numerous health benefits for infants and mothers. Despite this fact, studies have found that the level of exclusive breastfeeding continues to be low both in developed and developing countries. The issues with breastfeed and continue breastfeeding due to multiple factors, one of the biggest challenges is as a working mother. Working mothers face the challenge of balancing breastfeeding and paid work, thereby increasing the risk of early cessation of breastfeeding in general and exclusive breastfeeding. There are many studies to overcome these issues, however not many studies exposing the ethical issues, difficulties and opportunities while solving this matter. Such as moral work women undertake when engaging with breastfeeding, influenced by cultural and social norms that makes it harder for breastfeeding mother.

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Published

2024-03-27

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Section

Review Article