Factors that Affect the Length of Time Women Engage in Breastfeeding: A Phenomenological Analysis

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Advisor

Dr. Linda L. Strong


The purpose of this phenomenogic study was to describe the fundamental meanings and essence of the lived experience of women who had to cease their breast feeding efforts sooner than they had wanted. Four women participated in this study. All of the women stopped breast feeding sooner than they had wanted. Data was obtained using face-to-face interviews. Data was analyzed using Colazzi's (1978) method of phenomenology. Four themes were generated from the interviews. Themes include non-support, anger, wanting to be better at it with other children, and support other mothers. Areas for health care intervention and future research is also indicated.


Master's Thesis submitted to the Faculty Sacred Heart University Nursing Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Nursing.