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Cultural challenges to breastfeeding: Case Study from IYCF-E GIFA/ENN Project

Author: GIFA / ENN report (ACF & Concern)
Year: 2003
Resource type: Case study

Case study from: INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES GIFA/ENN PROJECT (2003)

Researchers: Mary Corbett (Evaluation of Module 1) and Marie McGrath (Collation of case studies)

Case 15 Location: Afghanistan Source: Olivia Friere, Field Nutritionist, ACF Time: 2003 Issue: Cultural challenges to breastfeeding - in Afghanistan, it is culturally acceptable for a woman to say “I have no breastmilk”...women are extremely inhibited in exposing their breasts to feed...."

Case 22 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan. Source: Cécile Bizouerne, psychologist, ACF Time: November, 2002 Mission: Psychosocial issues affecting infant and young child feeding - include cultural factors, poor maternal education, influence of family in law, mental health of mother, poor traditional interaction with newborn infants.

Case 30 Location: Afghanistan Time: 2003 Source: Concern Afghanistan Nature: Challenges to implementing SFPs - says about female health workers not being able to travel without a male escort so getting help to mothers with female health workers is very difficult.

Case 31 Location: Afghanistan Time: 2003 Source: Concern Afghanistan Nature: Difficulties in targeting women Without the support of men and the Mullahs hard to have programmes that target women.

Case 32 Location: Afghanistan Time:2003 Source: Concern Afghanistan Nature: Cultural influences on maternal screening - people don't show or talk about their bodies. Exclusive breastfeeding continues longer than 6 months as people don't know what to do.

Case 38 Location: Afghanistan Time: 2003 Source: Concern Afghanistan Nature: The value of listening and learning - people want a 'pill' and a quick fix getting sustained results takes longer.

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