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Breastfeeding in South Africa

by Ellen Kamman, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader, Masters in Biomedical Health Sciences.
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.5 CERP, 0.5 R-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2013

Mother support for breastfeeding takes many forms. The traditional support of the extended family is lacking in mobile societies or where older generations lack breastfeeding experience. When other self-help and mutual support groups emerged to provide the individual with a peer group with a common life stage or need, breastfeeding groups also began. Face-to-face groups and telephone hotlines have embraced new technologies. Special needs have led to groups for mothers of prematures or multiples. Support by volunteers may be supplemented or replaced by remunerated breastfeeding peer counsellors matched to disadvantaged groups. Some groups or programs are consumer driven, others guided by health workers.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Understand the South African context around breastfeeding

Objective 2: Understand the breastfeeding context in South Africa, especially in light of the HIV pandemic Understand policies of HIV mothers in South Africa

Presentations: 19  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks