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Knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding exclusive breastfeeding of infants younger than 6 months in mozambique: a qualitative study.
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PMID:  21177988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Only 37% of infants younger than 6 months in Mozambique are exclusively breastfed. A qualitative assessment was undertaken to identify the knowledge, beliefs, and practices around exclusive breastfeeding-specifically, those of mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and nurses-and to identify the support networks. Results show many barriers. In addition to receiving breast milk, infants receive water, traditional medicines, and porridges before 6 months of age. Many mothers had heard of the recommendation to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months. However, other family decision makers had heard less about exclusive breastfeeding, and many expressed doubts about its feasibility. Some of them expressed willingness to support exclusive breastfeeding if they were informed by health workers. Nurses know the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and pass this information on verbally but have insufficient counseling skills. Interventions to improve exclusive breastfeeding should target family and community members and include training of health workers in counseling to resolve breastfeeding problems.
Authors:
Maaike Arts; Diederike Geelhoed; Caroline De Schacht; Wendy Prosser; Cathrien Alons; Avone Pedro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1552-5732     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-32     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Mozambique.
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