Chinese Journal of Medical History / Zhong Hua Yi Shi Za Zhi

[This article belongs to Volume - 53, Issue - 03]

Abstract : Breastfeeding is a truly intimate and natural act during which the mother is traversed by waves of emotions and reminiscences of her history, beliefs and the values of those around her. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of life, from the first hours and days after birth. With this in mind, we chose to describe the perceptions of women who gave birth regarding breastfeeding during the Covid-19 pandemic. The study participants were 36 postpartum women hospitalized in the maternity ward of the Hassan I provincial hospital in Tiznit during the Covid-19 pandemic. They were interviewed individually using a semi-structured interview guide. Data were analyzed using a thematic analysis technique. Half the participants perceived breastfeeding as a natural act challenging to achieve because of the insecurity and fear associated with coronavirus contagion. In contrast, others felt that breastfeeding would be successful during the pandemic thanks to social restraint measures and increased time spent at home. Recommendations are put forward to ensure that information on breastfeeding is provided to mothers during pregnancy, at prenatal and postnatal consultations, in a climate of trust and listening that encourages a frank exchange to identify and act on erroneous beliefs during future waves of Covid-19.