Breastfeeding among HIV-infected women in gaborone, Botswana: A cross-sectional survey
Methods: Prospective cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 96 HIV positive pregnant women aged 21-42 years in four clinics in Gaborone, Botswana.
Results: Only about half of the women had Knowledge about PMTCT services during breastfeeding, and very few (19.8%) chose to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Results of multiple logistic regression analysis showed that counseling in infant feeding practices was significantly associated with knowledge about PMTCT during breastfeeding [OR(95%CI): 0.267(0.090, 0.791) and with decision to exclusively breastfeed [OR(95%CI):0.099 (0.012,0.781)].
Conclusion: Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to breastfeeding among HIV-infected women need further improvement, and PMTCT services should incorporate strong nutrition counseling to assist HIV positive mothers in making appropriate decisions regarding infant feeding.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health biology
Public health or related research
Discuss key challenges for infant feeding by HIV infected mothers in low income countries. Identify determinants factors that influence infant feeding practices of HIV infected mothers. Analyzed implications for maternal and child health promotion in the context of HIV/AIDS care.
Keyword(s): HIV/AIDS, Child Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Li has a Masterâs degree in epidemiology and statistics from Chongqing Medical University School of Public Health (2006) and a PhD from Third Military Medical University, China (2011). She completed training on qualitative research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), England in 2004 and continues to collaborate with researchers at LSTM and other institutions in the UK. Her research interests and publications are in evidence-based public health, health behavior, and social medicine.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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