Lead mothers promote optimal complementary feeding practices amongst 6-23 months children in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement

The Lead Mother (LM) approach to maternal, infant and young child feeding (MIYCF) is premised on the idea of neighbour-to- neighbour peer support using behaviour change activities, including feeding practices for children and women of reproductive age, hygiene and sanitation and other activities that promote optimal feeding and nutrition practices.


Asifiwe Anastasia is a neighbour woman and mother to 8-month-old Bagabubo Aleze.  Asifiwe was visited by Hakizimana Immaculate, a Lead Mother to follow up on the replication of the recommended complementary feeding practices for her son, upon mentorship in knowledge and skills of complementary during the previous neighbour group meeting.


During monitoring by KRC Nutrition team, Asifiwe was grateful that her son’s health and nutrition status had greatly improved as a result of having replicated the recommended complementary practices she learned from the Lead Mother, Hakizimana.


Before, Asifiwe’s son would often suffer from diarrhoea, flu and cough and had deteriorated in body weight. She told the visiting team that she gives food to her child 3 times a day, gives him enriched thick porridge to increase the energy uptake, breast feeds her child on demand both day and night, plays and talks to the child during meal times. Asifiwe put in place a tippy-tap in her home, washes her hands before preparing food and before feeding the child with soap and running water and uses open cups to give her child fluids so as to prevent diarrhoea. Besides, she was able to assert that having established a kitchen garden, her child and the family maintain an uptake of micronutrients from the vegetables including dodo, onions, cabbages, kale and garden eggs. She also earns some money from the sale of surplus vegetables.


Title: Lead mothers promote optimal complementary feeding practices

Author: Alex-Luwagga-Nutrition Project Assistant

Category: Nutrion and food systems.

Publish Date: 2022-02-07

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