“That's definitely a part of who we are”: Nova Scotian mothers managing embodied identities and navigating expectations via dual modality feeding
Mount Saint Vincent University
Human milk is considered to be the optimal food for infants due to associated health benefits. With that, feeding human milk is frequently equated with breastfeeding, despite the growing prevalence of human milk expression in high-income countries and the known impact of feeding modality on health outcomes. Little is known about the experiences of mothers who breastfeed, and express and bottle-feed human milk (i.e., practice dual modality feeding). However, the experience of dual modality feeding is likely unique, and situated differently within the pervasive culture of intensive mothering, as well as external and internalized expectations that women negotiate.