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Knowledge and beliefs about exclusive breastfeeding among rural Nigerian men in Enugu, Southeast Nigeria.
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PMID:  20658896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: This study evaluated the knowledge, beliefs, and attitude of rural Nigerian men to exclusive breastfeeding.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A sample of 200 men drawn from a rural community in Enugu, Nigeria was studied.
RESULTS: One hundred fifty-four (82.4%) respondents had heard of exclusive breastfeeding. Only 29.9% knew the correct time for initiation of exclusive breastfeeding, while 30.5% believed that breastmilk alone was sufficient for the first 6 months of life of an infant. One hundred six (56.7%) accept the practice of exclusive breastfeeding, while 38.5% accepted that colostrum is safe for a child. Reasons for rejecting colostrum were chiefly because it is perceived as poisonous, dirty milk and culturally unacceptable. Educational status and age significantly affected knowledge and acceptance of exclusive breastfeeding among the respondents.
CONCLUSION: There is a critical need to target men for intensive breastfeeding education.
P N Aniebue; U U Aniebue; G N Adimora
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1556-8342     ISO Abbreviation:  Breastfeed Med     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-27     Completed Date:  2010-09-08     Revised Date:  2011-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101260777     Medline TA:  Breastfeed Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, Univeristy of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enigu, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Breast Feeding / psychology*
Educational Status
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Men / education,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Rural Population
Young Adult

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