Self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding: A concept analysis

Christine Toledo, Rosina Cianelli

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Abstract

To increase the overall rate of breastfeeding initiation and duration, factors involved in a mother's decision to breastfeed must be identified. Self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding was a concept selected for exploring factors associated with negative views of breastfeeding. A concept analysis following the eight-step Walker & Avant method provides clarity and context to the concept of self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding. The antecedents of self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding include living in a culture of sexualization and objectification of women and the internalization of the values of objectification. Attributes of self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding are a prioritization of physical appearance attributes of the breast over the health benefits of breastfeeding and a preoccupation with physical appearance. Consequences include negative views toward breastfeeding initiation, duration, and public breastfeeding. A concept analysis on self-objectification in the context of breastfeeding will provide definition and clarity to this phenomenon, lend to theory and measurement, and add literature to the sociocultural factors impacting breastfeeding decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Health Nursing
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • breastfeeding
  • concept analysis
  • self-objectification
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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