ENERO 2019 N° 1 Volumen 9

Breast feeding significance to build a mother-child link

Section: Originals

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Siqueira FPC, Silva IA. O significado da amamentação na construção da relação mãe e filho. Rev. iberoam. Educ. investi. Enferm. 2018; 9(1):17-25.


1 Fernanda Paula Cerântola Siqueira, 2 Isilia Aparecida Silva


1Enfermeira. Doutora em Ciências pelo Programa Interunidades de Doutoramento em Enfermagem-EE/EERP-USP, Docente do Curso de Enfermagem da Faculdade de Medicina de Marília -Famema. Brasil. 2 Enfermeira. Livre-Docente. Professora Titular do Departamento de Enfermagem Materno-Infantil da Escola de Enfermagem da Universidade de São Paulo. Brasil.

Contact email: fercerantola@yahoo.com.br


Purpose: to understand the significance women attach to breast feeding to build a mother-child link, and the way breast feeding affects the creation of a link between them.
Methods: twenty-two women were interviewed and data were analyzed based on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory.
Results: two topics consisting in categories and their components were highlighted: Experience of breast feeding and building a link with the infant, which supports the significance of breast feeding as a strong link between mother and child. Such link emerges from intimacy, understanding, and mutual recognition, as a result from a close interaction between them and the experience in each feed intake.
Conclusion: although mothers believe breast feeding to be an important foundation for their link with their infants, this link does not come to an end after breast feeding; the link persists after weaning, with a consistent and effective mother presence in child life.


breast feeding; mother-child relationship; attachment to objects

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O significado da amamentação na construção da relação mãe e filho

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