When Mothers Return to Work: The Dilemma for Working Mothers in Breastfeeding

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ภัทรพรรณ ทำดี


This qualitative research aims to explain the working contexts that obstruct to breastfeeding of working mothers. By using purposive sampling technique, 60 working mothers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai province who have been raising their children by breastfeeding for no less than 6 months were chosen. In-depth interviews and non-participation observation were used in data collection process and content analysis was done to analyze the empirical data.

The result reveals that mostly working mothers have been worked under unfavorable working contexts including lacking of pumping breast milk area; unsuitable job types, style of works, and working hours; negative reaction from colleagues; not enough maternity leave; and discrimination within the organization related to job position. Therefore, both society and government have responsibilities to equally provided necessary basic resources without discrimination for every mother in the society, which can be beneficial for them when breastfeeding. Therefore, everyone can access to basic resources and benefits from the policies and its practice thoroughly.


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ทำดีภ. (2019). When Mothers Return to Work: The Dilemma for Working Mothers in Breastfeeding. Journal of Social Development, 21(1), 77-94. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jsd/article/view/189626
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