Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Anthropology (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Heidi Altman


The mental wellbeing of mothers during their postnatal period is a vulnerable time for them and their child. Breastfeeding has many benefits for babies, but it also has benefits for the mother and their mother-infant relationship. Motherhood is a unique experience but practices and ideology that have been socially constructed have added pressure to mothers and how they provide for their child without considering the emotional and physical stress that they recently endured during their pregnancy and childbirth.