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Table 3 Health Workers' Attitudes and Counselling Messages Related to Infant Feeding (N = 19)

From: Differences between international recommendations on breastfeeding in the presence of HIV and the attitudes and counselling messages of health workers in Lilongwe, Malawi

Characteristic Question Yes N (%) No N (%) Not Sure N (%) No answer N (%)
General
  Do you think that breast milk alone is enough food for a baby for the first 6 months of life? 18 (94) 1 (5)   
  Do you think it is possible for women in this community to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months? 11 (58) 7 (37)   2 (11)
  Do you think that it is possible for women to stop breastfeeding at 6 months in this community? 7 (37) 6 (32) 4 (21) 2 (11)
  Do you provide counselling on infant feeding? 17 (90) 2 (11)   
HIV specific
  Do you believe that HIV can be transmitted from an HIV-infected mother to her child? 19 (100)    
  Do you believe that HIV can be transmitted through breastfeeding? 18 (95) 1 (5)   
  Have you ever counselled a woman about HIV and breastfeeding? 6 (32) 11 (58)   2 (11)
  Do you think a mother with HIV should breastfeed her baby? 10 (53) 7 (37) 1 (5) 1 (5)