Breast feeding and its related factors in Zahedan

Imani, M. and Mohammadi, M. and Rakhshani, F. and Shafie, S. (2003) Breast feeding and its related factors in Zahedan. Feyz Journal of Kashan University of Medical Sciences, 7.

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Background : Breast-feeding during the first 6 months of life has great impact on child health especially in developing countries. The duration of such important period depends on sociocultural status of the society, thus, its related factors should be determined. The present study was carried out to determine the duration of breast-feeding and its related factors in Zahedan in 2000-01. Materials and methods : For this cross sectional study 253 mothers who have child aged 6-24 months and referred to health centers were randomly selected. Initial data were gathered through a face-to-face interview, then, mothers' performance regarding breast-feeding during the first 6 months was determined. Role of prenatal education and other related factors was assessed. Results : Results have revealed that 46.3 of mothers were illiterate, 74.7 aged 30 and less, and 7.9 were employed. There were 53.4 girls and 46.6 boys. Of 97.6 started breast-feeding, 44.7 continued till the 6th month. There was a statistically significant positive association between prenatal education and breast-feeding, whereas a negative association was noted between maternal disease during the first 6 months and breast-feeding. Conclusion : Promoting prenatal education, paying further attention to old mothers and maternal awareness about diseases that are not contraindicated for breast-feeding could improve breast-feeding that in turn may reduce infant mortality rate.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Midwifery
Divisions: Feyz journal
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 14 May 2017 11:57
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 11:56

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