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Title:Reconceptualising Issues around HIV and Breastfeeding Advice: Findings from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Author:Seidel, Gill
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:South Africa
Health and Nutrition
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Women and Their Children
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240008704486
Abstract:This article is concerned with the dynamics between health care workers and pregnant women, and advice given to women about mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV through breastfeeding in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN, South Africa). Using ethnographic methods, it explores issues relating to HIV and infant feeding in settings where a period of breastfeeding is expected. The anti-baby milk action of the 1970s remains an important point of reference, which has profoundly shaped attitudes towards breastfeeding as 'the culture of health'. For many health professionals in KZN, the breastfeeding lobby, on which the authority of many nurses depends, and its successes, are now perceived to be undermined by AIDS and the 'AIDS camp'. International data that point to the risks attached to any period of breastfeeding have provoked a range of reactions among health workers in KZN, from suspicion attached to information from outside, to confusion and outright disbelief. An integral part of this study is the pattern of power relations that pertain between health workers and their patients, and the values they may seek to sustain. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.