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RE: [pronut-hiv] exclusive breastfeeding and grandparents in BURKINA FASO (6)

  • From: "Martin, Stephanie" <>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:07:53 -0700

Thank you Linda for calling attention to the work that PATH and the Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project will be starting in Kenya's Eastern and Western provinces.

IYCN and PATH will be piloting activities to engage men and grandmothers in infant feeding activities in Kenya. These activities are based on successful experiences and lessons learned from grandmother and male engagement activities elsewhere.

Next week IYCN and PATH will begin to engage men by incorporating infant feeding into men's groups' current activities in Western Kenya. In partnership with the APHIA II Western project, IYCN will train men's groups' leaders in infant feeding and examining gender norms related to their roles and responsibilities for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition.

The following week IYCN and PATH will facilitate a participatory planning workshop with APHIA II Eastern staff, community health volunteers, and grandmothers to develop activity plans to better involve grandmothers in infant and young child feeding. Grandmothers will be involved throughout the planning process.

We will document both of these approaches and will be sharing the training materials and methods on the IYCN website,, in the next several months. Once these materials are available, we will announce it on our website and this listserv.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Stephanie Martin
Behavior Change Communication Specialist
Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project (IYCN)
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
PATH: A catalyst for global health

-----Linda Beyer wrote:

>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