Title

Same-Sex Mothers and Lactation

Author ORCiD Identifier

Spatz: 0000-0001-7316-6616

Publication Title

MCN. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

30855282

Abstract

Investigation of the needs of same-sex mothers practicing lactation is limited in the nursing literature. The heteronormative structure of the healthcare system has stigmatized these postpartum women and minimized the level of nursing care provided. Case reports demonstrate that same-sex mothers value inclusivity and understanding of their healthcare needs that is missing in healthcare settings. Perinatal nurses must listen attentively and think critically about their words and actions to avoid inappropriate judgments when providing care to this population. Active engagement and ongoing competence education builds the foundation that will provide perinatal nurses the knowledge they need to best support the unique needs of same-sex mothers in their lactation experience.

Keywords

Breast Feeding, Clinical Competence, Female, Humans, Marriage, Milk, Human, Mothers, Pregnancy, Sexual and Gender Minorities

DOI

10.1097/nmc.0000000000000519

Publication Date

5-1-2019

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