Journal article

Maternal and paternal involvement in complementary feeding in Kaduna State, Nigeria: The continuum of gender roles in urban and rural settings (Allotey, D., 2022. Maternal & Child Nutrition)

01 Feb 22
Topic(s): Complementary feeding
Location: Nigeria
Language(s): English
Audience: Program designers and implementers
Programs: Social and behavior change
Category: Research

After an A&T program in Nigeria engaged fathers to support complementary feeding practices, this study investigated how household gender roles influenced child feeding in both urban and rural areas. Results show that traditional, normative gender roles of the father as a “provider” and the mother as a “caregiver” were prevalent, although less so in urban areas. Gender roles limited paternal involvement in caregiving and feeding; results point to the need for varied approaches to address gender roles in complementary feeding.