Off-campus UNL users: To download campus access dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your NU ID and password. When you are done browsing please remember to return to this page and log out.
Non-UNL users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this dissertation through interlibrary loan.
Mothers’ Experience with Infant Complementary Feeding Practices: A Phenomenological Study
Background. Complementary feeding practices include what, when, and how to feed (Birch and Doub, 2014). The gradual transition from feeding exclusively human milk, formula milk, or a combination of both to complementary foods over the first 24 months of life is necessary to ensure proper growth and development (Dewey, 2001; Pearce & Langley-Evans, 2013). While research does exist on complementary feeding, such as infant diet composition, limited research exists on exploring complementary feeding practices from first-time mothers’ experiences. Methods. This study utilized transcendental phenomenological qualitative research methodology. A pilot tested semi-structured interview guide was used to examine demographics as well as mothers’ experiences with complementary feeding practices. Results. Most (73%) of participants received complementary feeding information from their pediatrician. Eight themes emerged from the data. The themes included: “Going in Pretty Blind;” An Array of Feelings; “What the Heck is This;” “Food is Fun Until One;” “The Whole Allergy Concept;” Challenges to Complementary Feeding; Support Systems make Complementary Feeding Easier; and Cues to Start Complementary Feeding. Conclusion. These findings are important to the field of nutrition and provide nutrition professionals with a better understanding of complementary feeding from the first-time mothers’ perspective. The knowledge gained can be used in practice to better support and prepare mothers during the transition from milk feeding to complementary feeding. These findings could also be used as the foundation to design health promotion programs that focus on the introduction of new foods to infants.
Martin, Tyler, "Mothers’ Experience with Infant Complementary Feeding Practices: A Phenomenological Study" (2020). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI27956277.