Medical and Dental Consultantsí Association of Nigeria
Home - About us - Editorial board - Search - Ahead of print - Current issue - Archives - Submit article - Instructions - Subscribe - Advertise - Contacts - Login 
  Users Online: 123   Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 194-199

Infant feeding practices among mothers delivered at the Jos University Teaching Hospital intending to breastfeed exclusively for six months

Department of Paediatrics, Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja

Correspondence Address:
A A Okechukwu
Department of Paediatrics, Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja

Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 18072443

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

OBJECTIVE: The practicability of excusive breastfeeding (EBFing) for 6 months by mothers, especially the employed ones, in this country has been a big question to answer considering the short duration of their maternity leave of 3 months around their delivery. Using WHO recommendation as a point of reference, the present study assessed the infant feeding practices of mothers delivered at Jos University Teaching Hospital, (JUTH). Emphasis was moved on the employed ones. METHOD: Infant feeding practices was studied prospectively among 461 mothers who delivered in JUTH and who initially intended to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months. RESULT: Four hundred and twenty two (91.5%) of the recruited mothers continued EBFing practice for 6 months, while 25 (5.4%) dropped out from the practice before 6 months. Formular feed was introduced by 5 (1.1%), water by 13(2.8%), while 7 (1.5%) babies were started on solid and semi-solid feeds before 6 months. Seventy six of the eight-two (92.7%) employed mothers continued EBFing practice for up to 6 months. Government employed counterpart (96.6%vs 64.0%), so also was primigravidae more than the grand-multigravidae (97.4% vs 80.0%). EBFing was also practiced most by house wives (98.1%) and petty traders (93.9%), and least practiced by business women and students mothers (67.9%) and (51.9%). No significant difference was observed in EBFing practice among mothers from different socio-economic background (92.9%,95.4% and 94.4%) for upper, middle and lower socio-economic class (SEC), and between male and female infants (50.4% Vs 49.6%), P > 0.05.

[PDF Not available]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded0    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal