The knowledge in the community about feeding infants is poor. We need to do a better job educating the population we serve. Below are a few examples:
-A mother of a 3 week-old girl came to the hospital because her child was lethargic. After just a few questions, I discovered the neonate had not received any milk, neither breast nor formula, and was solely living on tea.
-Many mothers say they stopped breastfeeding because they were told “their milk was bad”. I think this may happen because we tell some HIV positive mothers it is best to give formula to prevent the transmission of the disease. But word is spreading incorrectly and many HIV negative mothers are beginning to believe their milk is contaminated.
-Parents often stop giving milk when an infant has diarrhea. They feel that it is the liquid going in that is causing the stool to come out.