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Safe Infant Feeding in Lesotho in the Era of HIV/AIDS

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Kroeker, Lena ; Beckwith, Alyx:
Safe Infant Feeding in Lesotho in the Era of HIV/AIDS.
In: Annals of Anthropological Practice. Vol. 35 (2011) Issue 1 . - pp. 50-66.
ISSN 2153-9588

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"In between Life and Death" - HIV-Positive Women in Lesotho and their Obstetric Choices
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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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An estimated 160,000 women of childbearing age in Lesotho are HIV positive (UN Children’s Fund [UNICEF] 2010). To prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child (PMTCT), antenatal care clinics test pregnant women for HIV and provide prevention counseling.
PMTCT counseling includes information about medication in pregnancy, delivery procedures, and safe infant feeding. Regarding infant feeding, the WHO recommends either exclusive replacement feeding or exclusive breastfeeding; while the culturally normative practice is to combine breast milk with other food for the infant. Mixed feeding, however, increases the likelihood of HIV infection through breast milk. Women must balance the recommendations of healthcare workers with society’s norms and the advice of their family, as well as cost and availability. Exclusive replacement feeding is too expensive for most families and against the
cultural norm, while exclusive breastfeeding proves difficult to implement because of a lack of understanding ofPMTCTrecommendations among an infant’s multiple caretakers. Collective child care is an important part of social integration and respect for elders makes it difficult
for young women to risk conflict by rejecting familial advice for that of healthcare workers.
Given these concerns, the authors examine safe infant feeding in the context of Lesotho’s HIV epidemic.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HIV/AIDS; PMTCT; infant feeding; household decision making; Lesotho
Institutions of the University: Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 10:13
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2019 10:13