Examining Breastfeeding Practice among Newly Delivered Mothers in Tamale Central District

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.08.01.Art039

Authors : Sukerazu Ahmad Alhassan


Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both the mother and infant. Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant need in the first six months of life. Breastfeeding protects against diarrhea and common childhood illnesses such as pneumonia and may also have longer-term health benefits for the mother and child. Purpose: Despite several interventions implemented for the improvement of infant breastfeeding in the study area, early initiation of breastfeeding of infant remained relatively low. The purpose of this study is therefore to monitor adherence to early initiation of breastfeeding such that mothers who come to the hospital to deliver are assisted to initiate breastfeeding within 30 minutes of birth. Method: Cross sectional studies is the chosen study design, since the aim was to find out the attitude towards compliance to early initiation of breast feeding 30 minutes of birth.  Results: Those without formal education were about 3.8 times likely to initiate breastfeeding within the first 30 minutes of delivery (AOR=3.762, 95% C.I., p=0.001). Delivery through caesarian section (C/S) was found to have protection against late initiation of breastfeeding. C/S delivery was found to have about 77% protection against late initiation of breastfeeding (AOR=0.23, 95% C.I., p=0.031). Conclusion: Educational status of women and mode of delivery were found to be the most important factors that influenced early initiation of breastfeeding. In a multivariate analysis, only educational status of women and mode of delivery were found to be the most important factors that influenced early initiation of breastfeeding.

Keywords: Delivery Practices, Breastfeeding Initiation, Breastfeeding Practice, Early breastfeeding, Birth.


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