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European Conference on Information Literacy 2018 Presentation


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The Everyday life information experiences of breastfeeding women: a literature review. By H. Lockerbie and K.Martzoukou

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European Conference on Information Literacy 2018 Presentation

  1. 1. The everyday information experiences of breastfeeding mothers Dr Konstantina Martzoukou Teaching Excellence Fellow Hayley Lockerbie Research Assistant School of Creative & Cultural Business Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen, Scotland)
  2. 2. Hayley Lockerbie • Research assistant @ RGU (for now! About to become a network librarian for local authority) • A mother of twins – where the inspiration for this research came Volunteer breastfeeding peer supporter for NHS Grampian who believes strongly in informed decision making
  3. 3. Background The World Health Organisation (2017) Babies are fed breastmilk exclusively for the first 6 months and as part of their diet for their first two years. However: • breastfeeding rates in low, middle and high-income countries are low (Victora et al 2016) • social attitudes a major barrier (Boseley, 2017) Initial Questions • How do breastfeeding mothers learn about breastfeeding? • What information sources (formal, informal) do they use? • When does this happen (pre and antenatal period), how and what barriers do they experience? • How can breastfeeding mothers be further supported to learn about breastfeeding and make informed decision-making?
  4. 4. Everyday life information literacy Aim: To examine everyday life health information literacy (IL) experiences and practices of breastfeeding mothers. MARTZOUKOU, K. & SAYYAD, E. 2017. Towards an everyday life information literacy mind-set: a review of literature. Journal of Documentation, 73(4), pp.634-665 …encompasses a critical approach that empowers individuals to constantly adjust themselves confidently and proactively to new and different information environments…embedded within the changing context and as influential agents in changing it. It is an on-going activity of knowledge construction, knowledge deconstruction and knowledge extension within converging contexts that are influential upon each other…it is an ongoing process throughout a person’s life.
  5. 5. MARTZOUKOU, K. & SAYYAD, E. 2017. Towards an everyday life information literacy mind-set: a review of literature. Journal of Documentation, 73(4), pp.634-665
  6. 6. Methodology – Literature Review Information Studies databases library literature and information science LISTA Emerald Web of Science “breastfeeding” 495 Healthcare databases CINHAL Intermid Internurse Science Direct Cochrane Library “breastfeeding AND information” 1243 30 ?? ? - 1738 papers identified - 69 papers relevant to LIS - 30 papers focussing on aspects of IL - Excluded book reviews
  7. 7. What does the literature say? Information sources Friends, family, healthcare practitioners (Szqajcer et al, 2005) Blended information sources are effective (Hauck and Dimmock, 1994; Jones et al 2009; Kjelland et al 2014; Abbas-Dick 2015; Dalzell and Martindale 2011; Susin et al 1999) Formal/informal information Informal more valuable to women than formal (Devolin et al 2013, Gallegos et al 2011) Embodied experiences Information gathering happens in phases (antenatal and postnatal) as new experiences and events happen (Sheehan et al 2013) Information Overload Myriad of websites – how do women navigate this? (Ekstrom 2011) Knowledge Construction
  8. 8. What does the literature say? Online environments & mobile technology Social media used frequently (Bylaska- Davies, 2015) especially by the “information poor” (Hasler et al, 2014) Mobile tech enables access (Garcia-Gomez et al, 2014) – especially getting the right information at the right time (Gallegos et al, 2011) Conflicting & outdated advice Misinformation from friends, family (Szqajcer et al 2005) or healthcare practitioners (Monalto et al 2010) “bad information” passed on through social interactions (Loudon et al 2016) Knowledge Deconstruction Loss of Trust Especially in information from healthcare practitioners (Gallegos et al 2011, MacVicar et al 2015) Need to further explore: embodied experiences The experience (post birth) can cause a mother to question information acquired antenatally
  9. 9. What does the literature say? Expectations vs reality Lack of realism in information available to mothers (JBI, 2012; Graffy and Taylor, 2005; Sheehan et al, 2013) Media Problematic content and portrayal of breastfeeding (Bylaska-Davies, 2015) Knowledge Extension Embodied experiences embodied information experiencing breastfeeding, demands and any problems
  10. 10. Areas for further exploration • Exploring need for earlier education and exposure to breastfeeding (normalising it?) • Individual women’s informational experiences (what information they have been exposed to and in what stage – pregnancy and birth, post- birth? How has this influenced them?) • Embodied experiences as information sources. Uncover good examples of this and justification for these becoming legitimate source of information – sharing stories • Public libraries sign- poster in the community – groups putting them in touch – library as a safe space (third place) for comfortable breastfeeding.
  11. 11. References (1) Abbass-Dick, J., Stern, S.B., Nelson, L.E., Watson, W. and Dennis, C.L., 2015. Coparenting breastfeeding support and exclusive breastfeeding: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 135(1), pp.102-110. Bylaska-Davies, P., 2015. Exploring the Effect of Mass Media on Perceptions of Infant Feeding. Health care for women international, 36(9), pp.1056-1070. Dalzell, J. and Martindale, L., 2011. The promotion of breastfeeding. Independent Nurse. Devolin, M., Phelps, D., Duhaney, T., Benzies, K., Hildebrandt, C., Rikhy, S. and Churchill, J., 2013. Information and Support Needs among Parents of Young Children in a Region of Canada: A Cross‐Sectional Survey. Public Health Nursing, 30(3), pp.193-201. Ekström, A., 2011. Long term effects of professional breastfeeding support-an intervention. International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 3(8), pp.109-117. Gallegos, D., Russell-Bennett, R. and Previte, J., 2011. An innovative approach to reducing risks associated with infant feeding: the use of technology. Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 23(4), pp.327-347. García-Gómez, J.M., de la Torre-Díez, I., Vicente, J., Robles, M., López-Coronado, M. and Rodrigues, J.J., 2014. Analysis of mobile health applications for a broad spectrum of consumers: a user experience approach. Health informatics journal, 20(1), pp.74-84. Graffy, J. and Taylor, J., 2005. What information, advice, and support do women want with breastfeeding?. Birth, 32(3), pp.179-186. Hasler, L., Ruthven, I. and Buchanan, S., 2014. Using internet groups in situations of information poverty: topics and information needs. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(1), pp.25-36.
  12. 12. References (2) Hauck, Y.L. and Dimmock, J.E., 1994. Evaluation of an information booklet on breastfeeding duration: a clinical trial. Journal of advanced nursing, 20(5), pp.836-843. Joanna Briggs Institute, 2012. Best Practice Information Sheet: Women's perceptions and experiences of breastfeeding support. Nursing & health sciences, 14(1), p.133. Jones, E., Emmett, C. and Spencer, S., 2009. An evaluation of preterm breastfeeding information and support. Infant, 5(4), p.116. Kjelland, K., Corley, D., Slusher, I., Moe, K. and Brockopp, D., 2014. The best for baby card: An evaluation of factors that influence women’s decisions to breastfeed. Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, 14(1), pp.23-27. Loudon, K., Buchanan, S. and Ruthven, I., 2016. The everyday life information seeking behaviours of first-time mothers. Journal of Documentation, 72(1), pp.24-46.MacVicar et al 2015 Montalto, S.A., Borg, H., Buttigieg-Said, M. and Clemmer, E.J., 2010. Incorrect advice: the most significant negative determinant on breast feeding in Malta. Midwifery, 26(1), pp.e6-e13. Sheehan, A., Schmied, V. and Barclay, L., 2013. Exploring the process of women’s infant feeding decisions in the early postbirth period. Qualitative Health Research, 23(7), pp.989-998. Susin, L.R., Giugliani, E.R., Kummer, S.C., Maciel, M., Simon, C. and Da Silveira, L.C., 1999. Does parental breastfeeding knowledge increase breastfeeding rates?. Birth, 26(3), pp.149-156. Szwajcer, E.M., Hiddink, G.J., Koelen, M.A. and Van Woerkum, C.M.J., 2005. Nutrition-related information-seeking behaviours before and throughout the course of pregnancy: consequences for nutrition communication. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 59, pp.S57-S65.