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[pronut-hiv] exclusive breastfeeding and grandparents in BURKINA FASO

  • From: "Ted Greiner" <>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 09:06:13 -0700 (PDT)

This is a very common experience. Exclusive breastfeeding is not traditional (except maybe in Rwanda and nearby areas) and thus grandparents are suspicious of it. Generally, a mother in law insists that a young mother feed her baby the way its father was fed. Mothers who deviate know they will be in big trouble if something goes wrong (but not if they do what the mother in law says).

Perhaps the best way to overcome this barrier is to involve the father in the feeding decision. Generally men do not perceive this as a part of life they need to be involved in, but when exclusive breastfeeding is explained to them, along with the fact that their mother did not feed that way, they can step in and "defend" their wife against their mother.

Ted Greiner, PhD
Professor of Nutrition
Hanyang University
Seoul Korea
skype name: tedgreiner

Message: 2
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2009 13:05:35 -0400
From: "Rachel Stern" <>
Subject: Re: [pronut-hiv] BURKINA FASO: The path to mother's milk is
    paved    withkola nuts (2)
To: "Nutrition and HIV/AIDS" <>
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Oh those meddlesome grandparents again, always thinking they know better
than the health experts. Or maybe they are confusing current guidelines
(exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months) with previous official ones of a few years ago that were exclusive breastfeeding for 4 to 6 months.

Rachel Stern