HIV and infant feeding in Malawi: public health simplicity in complex social and cultural contexts Full Text
BMC Public Health, 08/31/2012
Chinkonde JR et al. – The infant–feeding dilemmas for women with HIV are complex. The integration of public health efforts with context–specific socio–cultural understanding is essential. The recent 2010 WHO guidelines offer a possible way of resolving these challenges. They recommend breastfeeding for one year with an adaptation to two years for Malawi. Efforts in the PMTCT programmes to supplement existing support systems, e.g. through the mothers–to–mothers (M2M) programme or consultation with expert mothers may also help women overcome these challenges.