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Male influence on infant feeding in rural Guatemala and implications for child nutrition interventions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21631252     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Guatemala has one of the highest rates of child stunting in the world, which especially impacts rural indigenous agricultural communities. Despite decades of intensive nutrition research and interventions, only rarely have nutrition programs successfully lowered the rate of stunting in these settings. The bulk of nutritional interventions in Guatemala are targeted at the education of female caregivers. However, women's ability to implement best practices in infant breastfeeding and complementary feeding are often constrained by external factors. This study evaluated the knowledge, beliefs, and practices of female caregivers, as well as the attitudes of fathers, toward breastfeeding and infant feeding in a rural Guatemalan village.
METHODS: Clinical work, participant-observation, surveys, interviews, and focus groups were conducted in a rural Guatemalan village in conjunction with a child feeding program from August 2008 to January 2011.
RESULTS: Male employment status, mental health, and attitudes towards child rearing and parenting responsibilities are often principal factors in infant growth failure.
CONCLUSIONS: Successful child feeding programs must include educational elements for men and should consider structural elements that provide a safety net for unexpected changes in domestic finances.
Anita N Chary; Sarah E Messmer; Peter J Rohloff
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-06-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1556-8342     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Med     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-20     Completed Date:  2011-12-27     Revised Date:  2012-03-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101260777     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  227-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Medicine & Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. .
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Cohort Studies
Education / standards
Failure to Thrive* / epidemiology,  etiology
Family Characteristics
Focus Groups
Guatemala / epidemiology
Infant Food* / standards,  statistics & numerical data
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Maternal Behavior / psychology
Nutrition Surveys
Paternal Behavior*
Rural Health / statistics & numerical data*
Socioeconomic Factors

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