Drawing Method and Infant Feeding Practices Among Refugee Women

  • June JosephEmail author
  • Pranee Liamputtong
  • Wendy Brodribb
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The pressures exerted by political agendas in third world nations continue to displace many individuals daily, with mothers being greatly impacted due to their dual child-bearing and child-rearing roles. Mothers arriving in a new Western country are confronted with a need to adapt into a new societal norm and healthcare system. This “shift” frequently impedes their ability to breastfeed optimally due to the clashing belief systems. Often, mothers are judged and discriminated for the way they choose to “mother” their infants. Their cultural beliefs and perspectives of infant feeding, compounded by the stressful trail of resettlement, are unknown to authorities in Western nations due to their silent unassertive nature. This chapter uses the postmodern methodological framework to unravel the multiple truths that drive the perceptions and perspectives of infant feeding among Myanmarese and Vietnamese mothers from refugee backgrounds in Brisbane. Since the research trend of gaining visual access to the lives of mothers from refugee backgrounds is new, we also outline some tips and tricks that steered our initially rocky data collection journey. The chapter continues with ways in which women from refugee backgrounds conceptualize motherhood and infant feeding. Finally, we delineate the implications for practice and the usefulness of using drawing as research method for practitioners who work around this scope.


Drawing methods Refugee Mothers Breastfeeding Infant feeding Displacement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • June Joseph
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pranee Liamputtong
    • 2
  • Wendy Brodribb
    • 1
  1. 1.Primary Care Clinical UnitFaculty of Medicine, The University of QueenslandHerstonAustralia
  2. 2.School of Science and HealthWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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