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Infant feeding as a transgressive practice in the context of HIV in the UK: A qualitative interview study

Rai, Tanvi; Kasadha, Bakita; Tariq, Shema; Keating, Sabrina; Hinton, Lisa; Namiba, Angelina; Pope, Catherine; (2023) Infant feeding as a transgressive practice in the context of HIV in the UK: A qualitative interview study. Women's Studies International Forum , 101 , Article 102834. 10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102834. Green open access

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Abstract

HIV transmission risk via breastfeeding is greatly reduced by antiretroviral therapy but is not zero. Current UK guidelines recommend exclusive formula feeding; however, women can breastfeed if they meet certain criteria. We examine the narrative accounts of mothers with HIV (pregnant or recently given birth) who navigated divergent cultural and national policy norms regarding infant feeding. Mothers with HIV, the majority of whom in the UK are of Black African ethnicity, face a complex decision regarding infant feeding, which has implications for their sense of identity, belonging and citizenship. While the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates globally, breastfeeding is normalised across African and Asian cultures. However, HIV remains stigmatised and formula feeding could signal one's HIV-positive status. Our participants made difficult trade-offs to mitigate the variety of threats they faced, and both feeding options (breast or formula) felt transgressive, with immense hazards involved for these intersectionally-disadvantaged women.

Type: Article
Title: Infant feeding as a transgressive practice in the context of HIV in the UK: A qualitative interview study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102834
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102834
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2023 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: HIV; Infant feeding; Guidelines; Intersectionality; HIV stigma
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health > Infection and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10177823
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