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What is good counselling for Complementary Feeding? 

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Alison Donnelly

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30 Jun 2022, 08:51

What distinguishes counselling from education/promotion for Complementary Feeding?

Much work has been done to outline how to counsel on breastfeeding with the new WHO IYCF training containing 6 modules on breastfeeding counselling.  By contrast, there is one module on CF counselling in the WHO IYCF training.

The majority of training and counselling materials available globally appear to focus on age-appropriate messaging. Does this count as counselling for CF? Or would “good” counselling require some level of troubleshooting to help care providers to address barriers to following recommended practices and/or linking to other services?

Maryse Arendt

Lactation consultants Luxemburg BLL - IBFAN

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30 Jun 2022, 16:25

Good counselling includes a lot listening to the person and discussing different options with her so it is very different from education and even more from promoting!

Alison Donnelly

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4 Jul 2022, 10:52

Thanks Maryse. I'm also wondering the extent to which actual "counselling" takes place for CF and whether the training module and tools available for CF encourage asking questions and good listening. 

Vrinda Kiradoo

Consultant

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4 Jul 2022, 11:08

Can anyone provide the link of the new WHO IYCF training module? 

Alessandro

Senior Emergency Nutrition Adviser

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4 Jul 2022, 11:45

hello the link to the WHO/UNICEF IYCF Counselling Training is here:

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240032828

Thanks

Alex

Pamela Morrison

Lactation Consultant

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4 Jul 2022, 11:56

Does anyone have a niggling little doubt about the type of information or counselling contained in - say IYCF Counselling materials - and whether a one-size-fits-all approach is appropriate for mothers across the globe.  For instance, in my experience of working in a developing country, I have seen some confusion in mothers who are offered various options in IYCF, and who sometimes confuse options with recommendations, otherwise why would the counsellor be taking the time and trouble?  I suspect that often First World notions of counselling are not understood by Third World mothers who seem to prefer a more directive approach. 

Vrinda Kiradoo

Consultant

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4 Jul 2022, 12:02

Thanks a lot.. ..Alessandro Iellamo

Jules Maneraguha

Consultant Indépendant

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5 Jul 2022, 00:15

After reading about all the attempts....the intervention did not always result in agreed outcomes. What works in one place may not necessarily work in another. Can we standardize the searches? Especially on the mother MUAC and

On the IYCF approach ...trying to do analysis on top of analysis on the type of crisis especially? What are the appropriate interventions in the context of the crisis? Cyclic? Recurrent armed conflicts.

Thanks.

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