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Infant and young child feeding practices in chepang communities.
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PMID:  23034377     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
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Background: Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices differ in communities due to difference in knowledge, culture, health service utilization, and other socio-economic factors. The objective of this study was to explore the knowledge and practices of Chepang mothers on ICYF and their correlates. Methods: Cross sectional descriptive study was conducted in Chepang communities of Makawanpur district. Quantitative methodology was used in which 360 mothers of under children under two were randomly selected. Logistic regression analysis of selected child feeding indicators were done to find their association with socio-economic and health related factors. Results: Feeding practices of mothers were found better than their knowledge level. About 35% had knowledge about early initiation of breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding and introduction of complementary foods at the age of six months were 81% and 90% respectively. Literate mothers were found initiating breastfeeding early than the illiterate (OR=2.61, 95% CI, 1.59-4.27). Growth monitoring service utilization was found to have significant association with exclusive breastfeeding practices (OR= 2.75; 95% CI, 1.30-5.78). Feeding diverse complementary foods was associated with average monthly family income and duration of food sufficiency. Conclusions: Feeding practices in Chepang community were associated with health and socioeconomic determinants. Some of the feeding practices were found good however, meal frequency for the children 9-23 months of age and feeding diverse foods for children 6-23 months were found lower which needs to be improved through health education programs. Qualitative studies are needed to explore cultural factors.
Authors:
N Subedi; S Paudel; T Rana; A K Poudyal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of Nepal Health Research Council     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1999-6217     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nepal Health Res Counc     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101292936     Medline TA:  J Nepal Health Res Counc     Country:  Nepal    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Nepal Public Health Foundation.
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