The lived experience of breastfeeding methadone-treated mothers in early motherhood

  • Rosemary Anne Jambert-Gray

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Previously documented evidence suggests that motherhood is potentially an important time for change in drug-using behaviour. My research interest for this longitudinal phenomenological study stemmed from practice observations where methadone-treated women struggled to prove their trustworthiness as mothers. They consistently reported frustration in the face of continued professional suspicion of their identity as drugusers. The essence of the phenomenon is therefore described as an existential tension experienced by breastfeeding mothers in methadone maintenance treatment during the first 12 weeks of motherhood. The aim of this thesis is to reveal the previously hidden inter-subjective and social realms of their lived worlds.
Date of AwardApr 2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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