ISRHML
The International Society for Research in
Human Milk and Lactation
ISRHML
The International Society for Research in
Human Milk and Lactation
ISRHML
The International Society for Research in
Human Milk and Lactation
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LOW EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING RATES IN SOUTH AFRICA:THE STORIES BEHIND THE NUMBERS

November 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Africa Regional Webinar: Low exclusive breastfeeding rates in South Africa: The stories behind the numbers

Despite national efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), South Africa’s EBF rate in 2016 was only 32%. This community-based mixed-methods study examined the rate of EBF discontinuation and the lived experiences of breastfeeding mothers within a prospective cohort study at postnatal time points 3-14 days, 4-8 weeks, 10-14 weeks and 20-24 weeks. The study collected data on socio-demographics, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale-Short Form (BSES-SF) at 6-8 weeks with infant feeding data collected at 4-8, 10-14 and 20-24 weeks from 159 mothers living in low-income areas. Six focus groups with 32 mothers with infants aged 6-24 weeks were conducted. Descriptive statistics was used for the quantitative data and thematic analysis for qualitative data. Low EBF, high mixed feeding and a high EPDS score were explained by the barriers identified in the qualitative data. The data suggests that mothers from low-income households would be better supported through interventions that address food insecurity; family relationships and skills that build confidence in mothers and resilience in confronting difficult and hostile breastfeeding environments.

Nov 2, 2021 02:00 PM in Johannesburg

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Date:
November 2, 2021
Time:
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IHhAOEB8SKq2YUgU_xfgyg

Organizer

Dr Chantell Witten