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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-37

Exclusive breast-feeding rate among mothers delivering in baby friendly hospitals in Benin City, Nigeria

Department of Child Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

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A I Omoigberale
Department of Child Health University of Benin Teaching Hospital P.M.B. 1111, Benin City, Edo State
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Two thousand six hundred and twenty-seven mothers who delivered during the period of study in the eight Babyfriendly designated hospitals used were recruited for the study. This study was designed to determine the exclusive breastfeeding rate amongst mothers using Babyfriendly hospitals in Benin in view of the increased campaign about breastfeeding. The study showed the mean exclusive breastfeeding rate of 34.53% amongst mothers in Benin City at 6 months post partum. Although this exclusive breastfeeding rate is an improvement on what has been reported in Nigeria (2%) by UNICEF in 1992, there is the need for more aggressive campaign for mothers to imbibe the culture of breastfeeding their babies exclusively.

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