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Infant feeding practices in Bombay slums.
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PMID:  7883366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A study was conducted in two slum areas in a Bombay suburb covering a total population of 4879. One hundred and fifty-three mothers having children below two years were interviewed. Ninety six per cent infants below the age of 4 months received breast milk, though exclusive breastfeeding was practised only in 37% infants. Timely complementary feeding rate was only 0.48. Twenty three per cent of mothers used bottle for administration of supplementary food or water. Only 15.7% of mothers used commercial milk formula and 8.5% used commercial weaning food.
The study examined patterns of breast feeding among 153 mothers who had children under 2 years old and who lived in 2 slum areas of Bombay: Juhu Khadda and Ruia Park. The interviews and 24-hour food recall survey were conducted in January 1993. The total slum population was 4879 persons. Exclusive breast feeding was practiced among infants under 4 months of age by only 37% of mothers (27 infants). The high breast feeding rate of 96% at 4 months obscured the issue of frequency. Breast feeding was practiced by 78% of mothers at 1 year and 61% of mothers at 2 years. Only 48% of infants were fed weaning foods between the ages of 6 and 10 months; 8.5% of these infants received commercial milk formula. 23% used a bottle for giving water or milk to infants. About 16% used a commercial milk formula.
S B Bavdekar; M S Bavdekar; R R Kasla; K J Raghunandana; S Y Joshi; G S Hathi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Indian pediatrics     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0019-6061     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian Pediatr     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-11     Completed Date:  1995-04-11     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985062R     Medline TA:  Indian Pediatr     Country:  INDIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1083-7     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Department of Pediatrics, Dr. R.N. Cooper Hospital, Irla, Bombay.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding*
Breast Feeding*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Suburban Population

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