Penny van Esterik

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The HIV epidemic coupled with the assumed benefits of infant formula for the children of all HIV-infected mothers have in complex ways changed public ideas about infant feeding and represents a threat to well established breastfeeding practices. In the wake of the confusion that postnatal prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)(More)
Infant feeding by HIV-infected mothers has been a major global public health dilemma and a highly controversial matter. The controversy is reflected in the different sets of WHO infant feeding guidelines that have been issued over the last two decades. This thematic series, 'Infant feeding and HIV: lessons learnt and ways ahead' highlights the multiple(More)
Breastfeeding empowers women and contributes to gender equality; therefore, it is an important feminist, human rights, and women's issue. Although seldom addressed as a feminist issue, breastfeeding is paradigmatically one because it requires rethinking basic issues such as the sexual division of labor, the fit between women's productive and reproductive(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effects of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) on women's breastfeeding and infant feeding decisions and experiences. DESIGN Qualitative, participatory study using semistructured in-depth interviews. SETTING Tamara's House, a healing centre for women who were sexually abused in childhood, located in Saskatoon, Sask. PARTICIPANTS Six(More)
A careful examination of existing studies suggests that work as a cause of declines in breastfeeding has been exaggerated, while insufficient attention has been devoted to making breastfeeding and work more compatible. Formal employment in urban settings, which requires concentrated attention to the job, is the aspect of women's work that is viewed as(More)
As the papers in this thematic series have illustrated, the postnatal prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) strategy has struggled with lack of local relevance. In an attempt to increase our understanding of the great dissonance between the policy intention and the experiences of the participants in concrete PMTCT programmes, we will in(More)
Throughout Southeast Asia herbal tonic drinks are a long established part of the health adaptation system of both rural and urban households. A recent study on infant feeding practices in urban poor households revealed a differential use of postpartum herbal tonics in Bangkok, Thailand and Semarang, Indonesia. This paper explores the cultural meaning of(More)