Institutional support for breastfeeding in Ghana: A case study of University of Education, Winneba

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dc.contributor.author Nkrumah, J.
dc.contributor.author Gbagbo, F.Y.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-26T23:56:30Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-26T23:56:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other 10.1186/s13104-018-3608-y
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.uew.edu.gh/xmlui/handle/123456789/244
dc.description Published in BMC Research Notes en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives: This study explored institutional support for breastfeeding student-mothers in the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. It also examined challenges associated with combining academic work with breastfeeding and childcare. Results: Findings show that although the University as an institution does not have any formal system in place to support breastfeeding among student-mothers, it does follow the provisions made for breastfeeding under the maternity protection section of the labor Act (Act, 651) for its employees. Consequently, breastfeeding student mothers use under trees, lobbies, and Junior Common Rooms of on-campus halls of residence as lactation sites which exposes their babies to risk of infection. The absence of support put student-mothers through stress, divided attention, and conflicting responsibilities between academic work and childcare. Further studies to investigate the situation on other university campuses are recommended to promote policy and interventions on breastfeeding and childcare in tertiary institutions in Ghana to enable students maintain a balance between breastfeeding, childcare and academic work. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume : 11;Issue : 1
dc.subject Academic work en_US
dc.subject Breastfeeding en_US
dc.subject Childcare en_US
dc.subject Institutional support en_US
dc.subject Student-mothers en_US
dc.title Institutional support for breastfeeding in Ghana: A case study of University of Education, Winneba en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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