Japan-France-US comparison of infant weaning from mother's viewpoint

Koichi Negayama, Hiroko Norimatsu, Marguerite Barratt, Jean François Bouville

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    Background: Breastfeeding and weaning are strongly connected with infant-mother mutual autonomy, and hence are good touchstones to examine the characteristics of the mother-child relationship. Comparison of the weaning practice gives a framework to understand characteristics of the mother-infant relationship. Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare three industrialised countries concerning the relationship between feeding and weaning practices and its reasons, mother's perception of child care, and of breast milk and formula. Methods: A questionnaire study on weaning practice was conducted for 310 Japanese, 756 French, and 222 American mothers with 4- to 20-month-old infants. Results: French mothers expected and had accomplished weaning at an earlier age of the infant, compared to Japanese and American mothers. Perceived insufficiency of breast milk was the leading reason for the termination of breastfeeding for Japanese mothers at the earlier stages, whereas back to work was the more important reason for French mothers. Japanese mothers were more negative in their image of themselves as mothers, whereas French mothers felt more burdened by child-care. Japanese mothers who terminated breastfeeding because of perceived breast milk insufficiency were also those who were less motivated to breastfeed. Conclusion: Weaning is a significant framework to interpret cultural differences in mother-infant relationship. The perceived insufficiency is interpreted as a solution of conflict between the social pressure to breastfeed and its burden.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-91
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
    Volume30
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb

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    Weaning
    France
    Japan
    Mothers
    Human Milk
    Breast Feeding
    Child Care
    Mother-Child Relations
    Return to Work
    Asian Americans
    Developed Countries

    Keywords

    • breastfeeding
    • formula feeding
    • France
    • Japan
    • USA
    • weaning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)
    • Reproductive Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Japan-France-US comparison of infant weaning from mother's viewpoint. / Negayama, Koichi; Norimatsu, Hiroko; Barratt, Marguerite; Bouville, Jean François.

    In: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Vol. 30, No. 1, 02.2012, p. 77-91.

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    Negayama, Koichi ; Norimatsu, Hiroko ; Barratt, Marguerite ; Bouville, Jean François. / Japan-France-US comparison of infant weaning from mother's viewpoint. In: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. 2012 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 77-91.
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