Title

Relationship Between Demographics and Breastfeeding Behavior Among HIV Positive Women in Kenya

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2014

Originally Published In

International Journal of Childbirth Education

Volume Number

29

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

21-26

Abstract

This study addresses motherto-child HIV transmission in Kenya. Data from the 2008 and 2009 Kenya Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) were used to test the relationships between maternal demographics and breastfeeding behavior among HIV positive women in Kenya. Data from 167 HIV positive women aged 15 to 49 were tested. The researcher found (1) a significant relationship between age and breastfeeding, and (2) a significant relationship between ethnicity and duration of breastfeeding. Applying these results could help organizations develop culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts among various ethnic groups in Kenya.