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Effect of the HIV epidemic on infant feeding in South Africa: "When they see me coming with the tins they laugh at me".
Bull World Health Organ. 2006 Feb; 84(2):90-6.BW

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To explore how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic has affected the infant-feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers in South Africa.

METHODS

This was a qualitative interview study within a prospective cohort study. We purposively selected a subsample of 40 women from a larger cohort of 650 HIV-positive mothers for in-depth interviews.

FINDINGS

The HIV epidemic has changed the context in which infant-feeding choices are made and implemented. HIV-positive mothers in this study -- who were predominantly young, single and unemployed -- were struggling to protect their decision-making autonomy. Uncertainty about the safety of breastfeeding has increased the power and influence of health workers, who now act as gatekeepers to not only this new knowledge but also to essential resources such as formula milk. Fear of disclosure of HIV status and stigma has also weakened the ability of mothers to resist entrenched family and community norms that encourage early introduction of fluids and foods and that question non-breastfeeding. Women who chose to exclusively formula feed had difficulties accessing formula milk because of inflexible policies and a lack of supplies at clinics. Limited postpartum support led to social isolation and mothers doubting their ability to care for their children.

CONCLUSION

The infant-feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers have serious implications for the operational effectiveness of programmes that aim to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. A better understanding of how HIV is changing infant-feeding practices can inform the development of interventions to improve infant-feeding counselling and postpartum support.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Health Systems Trust, 1st Floor Riverside Centre, Cape Town 7700, South Africa. tanya@hst.org.zaNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16501725

Citation

Doherty, Tanya, et al. "Effect of the HIV Epidemic On Infant Feeding in South Africa: "When They See Me Coming With the Tins They Laugh at Me"." Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 84, no. 2, 2006, pp. 90-6.
Doherty T, Chopra M, Nkonki L, et al. Effect of the HIV epidemic on infant feeding in South Africa: "When they see me coming with the tins they laugh at me". Bull World Health Organ. 2006;84(2):90-6.
Doherty, T., Chopra, M., Nkonki, L., Jackson, D., & Greiner, T. (2006). Effect of the HIV epidemic on infant feeding in South Africa: "When they see me coming with the tins they laugh at me". Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 84(2), 90-6.
Doherty T, et al. Effect of the HIV Epidemic On Infant Feeding in South Africa: "When They See Me Coming With the Tins They Laugh at Me". Bull World Health Organ. 2006;84(2):90-6. PubMed PMID: 16501725.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effect of the HIV epidemic on infant feeding in South Africa: "When they see me coming with the tins they laugh at me". AU - Doherty,Tanya, AU - Chopra,Mickey, AU - Nkonki,Lungiswa, AU - Jackson,Debra, AU - Greiner,Ted, Y1 - 2006/02/23/ PY - 2006/2/28/pubmed PY - 2006/4/1/medline PY - 2006/2/28/entrez SP - 90 EP - 6 JF - Bulletin of the World Health Organization JO - Bull. World Health Organ. VL - 84 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To explore how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic has affected the infant-feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers in South Africa. METHODS: This was a qualitative interview study within a prospective cohort study. We purposively selected a subsample of 40 women from a larger cohort of 650 HIV-positive mothers for in-depth interviews. FINDINGS: The HIV epidemic has changed the context in which infant-feeding choices are made and implemented. HIV-positive mothers in this study -- who were predominantly young, single and unemployed -- were struggling to protect their decision-making autonomy. Uncertainty about the safety of breastfeeding has increased the power and influence of health workers, who now act as gatekeepers to not only this new knowledge but also to essential resources such as formula milk. Fear of disclosure of HIV status and stigma has also weakened the ability of mothers to resist entrenched family and community norms that encourage early introduction of fluids and foods and that question non-breastfeeding. Women who chose to exclusively formula feed had difficulties accessing formula milk because of inflexible policies and a lack of supplies at clinics. Limited postpartum support led to social isolation and mothers doubting their ability to care for their children. CONCLUSION: The infant-feeding experiences of HIV-positive mothers have serious implications for the operational effectiveness of programmes that aim to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. A better understanding of how HIV is changing infant-feeding practices can inform the development of interventions to improve infant-feeding counselling and postpartum support. SN - 0042-9686 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16501725/Effect_of_the_HIV_epidemic_on_infant_feeding_in_South_Africa:_"When_they_see_me_coming_with_the_tins_they_laugh_at_me"_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/16501725/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -