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This article aims to explore the challenges faced by Kenyan mothers in breastfeeding and provide valuable lessons for fathers and other stakeholders. By understanding the unique circumstances and preferences of Kenyan mothers, we can promote effective co-parenting and support systems. The purpose of this study is to investigate the challenges and needs of Kenyan mothers in breastfeeding and provide guidance for fathers, healthcare providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in supporting breastfeeding in Kenya. Based on existing literature sourced from PUBMED and Google Scholar, relevant papers were reviewed. Cultural, socioeconomic and maternal well-being breastfeeding challenges were synthesized and presented. The major factors influencing WHO breastfeeding recommendations in Kenya are socioeconomic factors and cultural factors. Integrated promotion and intervention strategies that aim at achieving optimal breastfeeding recommendations and practices in the country are needed. Kenyan women need support from the fathers of the babies, healthcare workers, the community, and relevant policymakers. Fathers need to be educated more on breastfeeding in order to support mothers, and access to lactation support needs to be improved at healthcare facilities and workplaces.


Kenyan mothers exclusive breastfeeding fathers co-parenting culture lactation support policy

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Lilian Nyokabi Munene, Adventist University of Africa, Kenya

Dr Lilian Nyokabi Munene is a General Practitioner and a Public Health scientist. Her research revolves around preventive and promotive healthcare. She has a keen interest in maternal and child health, healthy aging, and the outcomes of lifestyle and environment on chronic disease outcomes. She is also a co-founder of a community-based clinic, Malaika Healthcare, that seeks to enhance health literacy and reduce health disparity among economically disadvantaged populations in Kenya.

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Munene, L. N. (2023). Challenges Faced by Breastfeeding Mothers in Kenya and Lessons Learnt. Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Science, 2(2), 28–41. Retrieved from


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