‘It Depends What You Mean by Feeding “on Demand”’: Mothers’ Accounts of Babies’ Agency in Infant-Feeding Relationships

  • Julia Keenan
  • Helen Stapleton
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on how mothers construct, understand, and accommodate, their babies’ agency within feeding relationships. In particular, it explores mothers’ responses to feeding cues in early infancy and the implications of babies’ agency in everyday consumption routines. To this end, we discuss findings from our analysis of interviews conducted during 2006–2008 with 60 mothers from a variety of social and family backgrounds living in a large city in the north of England, some of whom were also managing diabetes or were ‘obese’. Half of our participants were established mothers,1 whilst the remainder, who were recruited in late pregnancy and followed through the first year of motherhood, were expecting their first baby.

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