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ERIC Number: EJ866230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Infant Feeding among Women Attending an Immunisation Clinic at a Tertiary Health Institution in Ibadan, Nigeria
Fatiregun, A. A.; Abegunde, V. O.
Early Child Development and Care, v179 n5 p637-644 Jul 2009
Maternal characteristics can affect a mother's decision to breastfeed. This study used a cross-sectional design to assess maternal variables and infant feeding patterns among nursing mothers attending an immunisation clinic in Ibadan, Nigeria. A total of 264 mothers who consecutively attended the immunisation clinic and met certain inclusion criteria were interviewed. A majority of mothers (204, 77.2%) were in the middle of the reproductive age span (24-35 years); 180 (68.2%) had attended tertiary educational institutions. Almost all the mothers (257, 97.3%) had good knowledge about exclusive breast-feeding. Exclusive breast-feeding decreased with the age of the infant; by six months of age, only 40% of infants were exclusively breastfed. Of the mothers who practiced exclusive breast-feeding, 30 (18.5%) initiated breast-feeding within 30 minutes after birth. There may be a need to increase the emphasis placed on the time that complementary feeding should be introduced. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nigeria