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dc.contributor.authorJeggels, June
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Jenna J.
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-26T08:36:02Z
dc.date.available2017-05-26T08:36:02Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationMorgan, J.J. & Jeggels, J.D. (2015). Factors influencing the infant feeding choices of HIV-positive mothers at a level two hospital in Cape Town. African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 9 (2): 66-70en_US
dc.identifier.issn1759-7374
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10566/2883
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND/AIMS: Following the decision by the South African Department of Health in 2012 to withdraw the provision of free infant formula milk to HIV-exposed infants, policy makers have grappled with the need to develop guidelines to help HIV-positive mothers decide whether they should breastfeed their babies. The objectives of this study were to assess the infant feeding choices of HIV-positive mothers and to determine factors influencing their behaviours prior to the process of withdrawing the provision of free infant formula milk. METHODS: A quantitative approach was employed in this study, including the use of a survey to collect descriptive data on a consecutive sample (n=100). Data analysis was carried out using the IBM SPSS Version 20. RESULTS: More than half (54%) of the participants indicated that their infants were exclusively breastfed, and 46% of the participants reported exclusively formula feeding. There was no statistical difference between both groups with regards to: race; employment status; obstetric history; HIV disclosure status; knowledge and awareness of infant feeding recommendations or policies regarding breastfeeding promotion. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study show that health-care workers are the main providers of counselling on infant feeding. Inconsistent messages from health professionals, health facility practices and government policies were also observed.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMA Healthcare Ltden_US
dc.rightsPublisher retains copyright. Authors may archive the published version in their Institutional Repository.
dc.subjectHIVen_US
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_US
dc.subjectInfant feedingen_US
dc.subjectBreastfeedingen_US
dc.subjectFormulaen_US
dc.titleFactors influencing the infant feeding choices of HIV-positive mothers at a level two hospital in Cape Townen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.status.ispeerreviewedtrue
dc.description.accreditationDepartment of HE and Training approved listen_US


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