This information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences led by experts at the University of Oxford.

We are very grateful for all the help and support we have received in producing this resource.


Advisory Panel

Alison Baum
Founder, Best Beginnings
Alison Taylor
Midwifery Lecturer, Institute of Health & Community Studies, Bournemouth University
Christine Carson
Department of Health (England), National Infant Feeding Advisor (For first part of project)
Dr Louise Locock (Research Buddy)
University Research Lecturer, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Dr Pat Hoddinott
GP and Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Centre For Rural Health, University of Aberdeen
Dr Sue Ziebland (Co-Chair)
Research Director, Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.
Dr Valerie King
Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Dr Wendy Jones
The Breastfeeding Network
Janet Fyle
Professional Policy Advisor, The Royal College of Midwives
Mandy Grant
Lactation Consultant, Bosom Buddies Bournemouth
Professor Jo Alexander (Co-Chair)
Professor of Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Research, Bournemouth University
Professor Les Todres
Professor of Qualitative Research & Psychotherapy, Bournemouth University
Professor Mary Renfrew
Director, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of York
Rosie Dodds
Policy Researcher, National Childbirth Trust
Sally Inch
Infant Feeding Specialist, Breastfeeding Clinic/Human Milk Bank, John Radcliffe Maternity Hospital, Oxford
Sarah Brown
Infant Feeding Advisor, Lecturer Practitioner, Portsmouth Hospital Trust and Bournemouth University
Sarah Gill
La Leche League Great Britain
Vicky Johns
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

We would like to thank the women and men who participated in this research, all those who helped us find them, including lay breastfeeding supporters and health professionals, and others who provided technical and logistical support.

We would also like to thank Dr Sharon Dixon, who is a GP and medical advisor for the Health Experience Research Group, for her advice and support in updating this section in 2015.

Supported by:
Centre for Qualitative Research, Bournemouth University
Institute of Health & Community Studies, Bournemouth University
WOMen, Babies & their families (WOMB) Programmatic Research Group


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