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RE: [pronut-hiv] exclusive breastfeeding and grandparents in BURKINA FASO (5)

  • From: "Linda Beyer" <>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:48:42 +0300

>From some of the collective work in Kenya in 2008, PATH is developing an
approach for engagement of men and elderly women in Western Kenya.

Can forward contact information or they can also respond.

unite for children

Linda Beyer
Nutrition Specialist, IYCF and HIV
Telephone: 254-20-7621356
Cell Phone: 254-723-431244
Fax: 254-20-7622746

"Dr. Robert Mwadime" wrote:Dr. Ted, we don't "defend our wife against our mother" in such matters.

That is rarely a traditional model here. If there is a conflict, spoken or
not,and especially related to issues that concern "women" (like cooking,
fetching water/firewood, weeding millet, etc), the men (just) keep off.

This is "another" thing we shall have to teach men.


----- Ann Burgess wrote:

Why not involve the grandmother/s during the ante-natal period? Has anyone
any experience of doing this?
Ann Burgess

--- Ted Greiner wrote:

This is a very common experience. Exclusive breastfeeding is not
(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
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