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Infant feeding practices of mothers in an urban area in Nepal.
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PMID:  18603985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Child health in developing countries including Nepal is a matter of serious concern as the prevalence of malnutrition among children continues to be high with 48.6% of children under five in Nepal being underweight. Since infant feeding practices adopted by mothers play a major role in influencing health of these children, there is a need to study the infant feeding practices prevalent in different areas in order to have pragmatic approaches to solve this problem. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted among mothers who attended the immunization clinics of 18 wards of Pokhara municipality area. They were interviewed with a semi-structured questionnaire on various aspects of infant feeding. RESULT: A total of 168 mothers were interviewed and prevalence of breastfeeding was 99.4% (167). Only 43.5% of the mothers initiated breastfeeding within one hour of birth and 60.5% were practicing exclusive breastfeeding at 5 months. Almost 40% of the mothers started complementary feeding before the recommended age of 6 months and 22.5 % delayed introduction of complementary feeding beyond the recommended age. CONCLUSION: Breast feeding practices adopted by mothers of Pokhara urban area are still lacking in terms of late initiation of and early starting of complementary feeding. There is a need to educate the mothers regarding proper infant feeding practices.
S H Subba; T S Chandrashekhar; V S Binu; H S Joshi; M S Rana; S B Dixit
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Kathmandu University medical journal (KUMJ)     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1812-2078     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2007 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-08     Completed Date:  2008-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101215359     Medline TA:  Kathmandu Univ Med J (KUMJ)     Country:  Nepal    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal.
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MeSH Terms
Bottle Feeding / statistics & numerical data*
Breast Feeding / statistics & numerical data*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Infant, Newborn
Urban Population

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