Although the baby-friendly community initiative (BFCI) has been proposed as a community-level approach to improve infant feeding practices, there is little data on its variation in effectiveness by HIV status. This study was to determine the effectiveness of BFCI in changing knowledge and attitudes towards exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) and increasing the rates among HIV negative and HIV positive women in rural Kenya.
The study found that BFCI interventions can complement facility-based interventions to improve exclusive and continued breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among HIV negative and positive women.
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Authors: Betty Mogesi Samburu, Sera Lewise Young, Frederick Murunga Wekesah, Milkah Njeri Wanjohi, Judith Kimiywe, Peter Muriuki, Paula L. Griffiths, Stephen T. McGarvey, Nyovani Janet Madise & Elizabeth W. Kimani-Murage