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Importance of exclusive breast feeding on the health of an infant - case study of Idah local government area of Kogi state

 Department: Community Health  
 By: usericon iamjahmeyou  

 Project ID: 3407
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Abstract
Worldwide, efforts are being made to promote exclusive breastfeeding as it has some benefits in ensuring healthy kids. These efforts are not being realized as there is resistance to the call because of socio-cultural and religious factors. The research employed both primary and secondary data. Interviews, group discussions and key informants interviews were conducted. (to collect demographic, knowledge on exclusive breastfeeding and the reasons for mothers to embark on mixed feeding). Key informants interviews gave information on the government and hospitals policy  on  exclusive breastfeeding. Secondary data sources provided information on researches done locally and internationally on exclusive breastfeeding. Data were presented in tables and charts then analyzed.  The research found out that the childbearing age of most mothers interviewed was between 22 and 30 years and the majority are literate. Many of them feel that exclusive breastfeeding is not enough for the babies. Thus socio-cultural and religious factors prompted mothers to give extra feedings to the babies under the age of six months which poses a great challenge to their health. Employed women have little time for their children during the day which leads to mixed feeding. Thus the research recommends that the government, hospitals, nurses, mothers and family members all make a combined effort in promoting exclusive breastfeeding by proving adequate health education, moral support and favorable conditions so that the program is effective....
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