Care during breastfeeding: Perceptions of mothers and health professionals


  • Camila Lucchini-Raies Nurse Midwife, MNSc., Ph.D. candidate. Associate Professor, Universidad Católica de Chile. Email:
  • Francisca Márquez Doren Nurse Midwife. MNSc., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Email: Corresponding author.
  • Nicole Garay Unjidos Nurse, MSP. Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Email:
  • Javiera Contreras Véliz Nurse. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Email:
  • Daniel Jara Suazo Nurse Midwife. Adjunct Instructor, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Email:
  • Cristina Calabacero Florechaes Nurse. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Email: ccalabacero@med.puc.c
  • Solange Campos Romero Nurse Midwife. MSP., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Universidad Católica de Chile. Email:
  • Olga Lopez-Dicastillo Nurse, MSc. Ph.D. Professor, Universidad de Navarra, Spain. Email:



Breastfeeding, mothers, primary care nursing, qualitative research.


Purpose. To know the perceptions of mothers and health professionals in relation to the care provided and received during breastfeeding at primary health care level.

Methods. A qualitative exploratory study was conducted with breastfeeding mothers (10) and primary health care professionals (24). Data was gathered through indepth interviews and focus groups. Data analysis was performed through thematic content analysis. The rigor of the study was ensured by the Guba and Lincoln criteria for qualitative research. Ethical aspects were addressed through the informed consent process, confidentiality, and methodological rigor.

Results. The experience of providing/receiving breastfeeding support was revealed as a dynamic, multidimensional care and support process, through three central themes: 1. Influence of previous care and support experiences during the breastfeeding process; 2. Importance of the context within which care is framed; and 3. Addressing emotions to establish trust between professionals and mothers.

Conclusion. The study findings contribute to further understanding a complex phenomenon, such as breastfeeding support and care for mothers/families, from the experience of the actors involved, deepening the experiences of both in integrated manner. In addition, the relational, organizational, and contextual dimensions that influence support, and that should guide care, are also highlighted.


How to cite this article: Lucchini-Raies C, Márquez-Doren F, Garay Unjidos N, Contreras J, Jara D, Calabacero C, et al., Care during Breastfeeding: Perceptions of Mothers and Health Professionals. Invest. Educ. Enferm. 2019; 37(2):e09.

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Lucchini-Raies, C., Márquez Doren, F., Garay Unjidos, N., Contreras Véliz, J., Jara Suazo, D., Calabacero Florechaes, C., Campos Romero, S., & Lopez-Dicastillo, O. (2019). Care during breastfeeding: Perceptions of mothers and health professionals. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 37(2).




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