Using liminality to understand mothers' experiences of long-term breastfeeding: 'betwixt and between', and 'matter out of place'
Using liminality to understand mothers' experiences of long-term breastfeeding: 'betwixt and between', and 'matter out of place'.
Breastfeeding and the politics of embodiment., Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 2 March 2016.
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The embodied experience of breastfeeding can cause women to feel as if they are neither one thing nor another. This paper will consider the issue of long-term breastfeeding, using liminality to think about the experiences of a group of women who breastfeed beyond what is currently considered ‘normal’ in the UK. It draws on a qualitative study using micro-ethnographic methods, in which participant observation, face-to-face and online interviews were used to explore women’s experiences of long-term breastfeeding. Overall research findings will be discussed as well as considering how useful liminality is as a concept with which to understand them. Previous work has used liminality (the idea of being not one thing or another) to think about breastfeeding; here this is drawn on and developed to further understanding of the experiences of long-term breastfeeding. Themes identified highlight the challenges of engaging in a stigmatised, embodied, practice and in managing the personal and social consequences.
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