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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-16

Knowledge, attitude and practice of exclusive breastfeeding, among mothers, IN Enugu, Nigeria


Department of Community Medicine College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria

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T A Okeke
Department of Community Medicine, U.N.T.H. Enugu
Nigeria
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Two hundred mothers were interviewed at two health facilities in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State in Nigeria, between May and July 1995, to determine their knowledge, attitude and practice in relation to exclusive breastfeeding. All the mothers had breastfed their babies but only 3% would breastfeed exclusively. This practice was attributed to the erroneous belief that breastmilk alone was not sufficent and that early supplementation with water and artificial milk was necessary. There was a delay in initiating breastfeeding especially by less literate women and giving colostrum to babies was viewed with scepticism. Literate mothers with seondary and post-secondary education were more likely to breastfed for shorter duration than those with primary and no formal education. (p ≤ 0.05). The needs for appropriate health education of mothers and retraining of health care providers on lactation management are discussed.


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