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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