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Title:Decisions and Advice about Infant Feeding: Findings from Sociological Work in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Author:Seidel, GillISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic term:South Africa
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Women and Their Children
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16085900409490331
Abstract:What are women's practices and experiences in relation to HIV and infant feeding? And what are pregnant women being told about risks through breastfeeding in an area of high HIV seroprevalence? This work explores these questions in terms of the implications for women, and for international and national policy guidelines on infant feeding. During a two-year sociological study carried out in 1998-1999 in KwaZulu-Natal, semi-structured questionnaires, individual and group interviews, and a storytelling element were used to probe women's decisionmaking concerning infant feeding. Interviews were conducted with health workers, including AIDS counsellors and traditional birth attendants, and observations were made at both semi-rural and urban hospitals and clinics. The research was carried out at a time when new international and national guidelines concerning HIV and infant feeding were being circulated. The research is framed within critical and discursive theory, influenced by the work of M. Foucault, and located within a particular feminist theory, concerned with the modes of appropriation of 'the sexed body'. The conclusions centre on ethical considerations and the rights of women to make informed decisions about their own and their baby's health care. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]