Breastfeeding Knowledge And Practices Among Mothers Of Children Under 2 Years Of Age Living In A Military Barrack In Southwest Nigeria.
Background: Human milk is uniquely superior as a source of nutrition for infants, and breastfeeding has many benefits. This study determined the breastfeeding knowledge and practices of women who have children aged 0-2 years living in a Naval Barracks. Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among 220 women in a Naval Barracks selected using a systematic random sampling method. Pre-tested questionnaires were administered by trained interviewers, and data were analyzed using Epi Info 2000 and Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 19. Results: There was generally fair knowledge about breastfeeding among women. Most of the respondents (97.3%) had ever breastfed their babies, 56.5% of them initiated breastfeeding within an hour of delivery, 24.1% admitted that they gave pre-lacteal feeds, 74.1% practiced exclusive breastfeeding for a mean period of 4.98 months, and 30.7% engaged in bottle-feeding. Several factors were significantly associated with breastfeeding practices. Conclusions: Breastfeeding practices varied among the respondents despite fair knowledge. Global Health Implications: This study reveals the need to educate women and communities worldwide particularly in low-income countries about good breastfeeding practices. Targeting these women will help to improve maternal and child health.
Breastfeeding , Breastfeeding practices , breastfeeding knowledge , Exclusive breastfeeding , mothers of under five , mothers of young children , Military Barracks , Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE::Social medicine
Akinyinka M.R, Olatona F.A, Oluwole E.O. Breastfeeding Knowledge And Practices Among Mothers Of Children Under 2 Years Of Age Living In A Military Barrack In Southwest Nigeria. International Journal of MCH and AIDS (IJMA). 2016; 5:1-13.