A qualitative descriptive study of Thai fathers’ experiences in supporting their partners’ breastfeeding



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Ngoenthong, P., Sansiriphun, N., Fongkaew, W., & Chaloumsuk, N. (2023). A qualitative descriptive study of Thai fathers’ experiences in supporting their partners’ breastfeeding. Belitung Nursing Journal, 9(6), 563–570. https://doi.org/10.33546/bnj.2817
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Background: The crucial role of fathers in the well-being of mothers and infants is widely acknowledged. This study focuses on the specific context of how Thai fathers support their partners in breastfeeding, with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the strategies they employ in providing this support.

Objective: This study aimed to explore the experiences of fathers in supporting their partners in breastfeeding.

Methods: The study used a qualitative descriptive design from December 2018 to February 2020. Nineteen Thai fathers were purposefully selected, each with partners and infants who did not face any complications that would serve as barriers to breastfeeding. Data collection occurred at vaccination clinics and family planning wards in two major hospitals in Chiang Mai province, Thailand. The data were collected through in-depth interviews, and a thematic analysis approach was employed for data analysis.

Results: Four themes emerged: a) Facing barriers to breastfeeding support, b) Believing in the value of breast milk, c) Seeking ways to increase milk supply, and d) Making an effort to support continued breastfeeding.

Conclusion: Thai fathers demonstrated a strong eagerness to support their partners in sustaining breastfeeding. Their willingness highlights the importance of nurses, midwives, and other healthcare providers providing additional education and support to empower them as supportive partners to mothers.



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The authors appreciate help from Chiang Mai University for providing facilities.

Authors’ Contributions

PN and NS conceived the research idea, designed the study, and collected and analyzed the data. All authors contributed to the study design, conducted literature review, assisted in data analysis, and reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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The datasets generated during and analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.

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The authors used ChatGPT to enhance readability and identify grammatical errors during the manuscript preparation. However, ChatGPT was not involved in transcription, data collection, or analysis. Following the utilization of ChatGPT, the authors conducted a comprehensive review and made necessary edits to the content, taking full responsibility for the final publication.


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