To assess evidence on factors that facilitate or constrain women’s engagement and satisfaction with breastfeeding support during two particular phases:
(i) initiation; and
We further intend to integrate our findings with four Cochrane Reviews on effectiveness of breastfeeding support (Balogun 2016; Lumbiganon 2016; McFadden 2017; Whitford 2017). The specific focus of the QES is:
- to identify (contextual or personal) factors that impact on women’s responsiveness to and satisfaction with breastfeeding support;
- to examine choice patterns, perceived benefits and challenges of engaging with or perceiving breastfeeding support;
- to identify characteristics of the populations, interventions or outcomes that may be important to consider in future updates of the linked Cochrane Reviews of effectiveness (Balogun 2016; Lumbiganon 2016; McFadden 2017; Whitford 2017). This refers to potential additional subgroups, outcome measures, and review questions that could be taken into account in future updates of these intervention reviews;
- to provide suggestions on how to improve breastfeeding support programmes to increase the level of satisfaction of women with support and to better match the expectations and needs of women.
- How do women experience breastfeeding support programmes?
- Which factors influence women’s overall engagement and responsiveness to breastfeeding support services or programmes (contextual or personal, such as attitudes)?
- Which factors influence women’s satisfaction with breastfeeding support services or programmes (contextual or personal)?
- How do they personally relate to breastfeeding support services and programmes?
- What are the perceptions and misperceptions on breastfeeding support programmes in women?
- What do they identify as potential success factors of breastfeeding services or programmes?
- What do they identify as potential failures and disappointments of such services and programmes?
- What factors impact upon the choice of women to engage with or take part in breastfeeding support?
This is a protocol.