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Breastfeeding Patterns among Palestinian Infants in the First 6 Months in Nablus Refugee Camps: A Cross-Sectional Study.
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PMID:  22526347     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Several studies in Palestine, including some performed in refugee camps, showed that breastfeeding is a common practice, however, exclusive breastfeeding was practiced less frequently. The social and cultural patterns in relation to different types of infant feeding were not studied. Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate the association between mothers' and infants' sociodemographic factors and breastfeeding patterns during the first 6 months of infant life. Methods: This cross-sectional study evaluated data of 690 clinic files from 3 refugee camps in Nablus, Palestine in 2007. Maternal age, age at marriage, parity, mother's and father's education, type of delivery and infant's gender were studied in relation to 3 types of breastfeeding: exclusive breastfeeding, partial breastfeeding, and exclusive formula feeding in the first 6 months of life. Bivariate analysis and logistic regression were applied for data analysis. Results: A total of 69.7% of infants aged 0-6 months were exclusively breastfed and only 14.3% were exclusively formula fed. Older mothers at marriage (risk ratio [RR], 0.13; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.06-0.28), and cesarean birth (RR, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.41-0.81) were negatively associated with EBF. Conclusion: Breastfeeding educational and health promotion program and policy for EBF implemented by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) should continue with special attention to older mothers at marriage, and to babies born by cesarean section.
Samar Ghazal Musmar; Shaden Qanadeelu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1552-5732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-202     Citation Subset:  N    
1Faculty of Medicine/An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestinian Territory.
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