DETERMINANTS OF ADHERENCE TO GUIDELINES TO EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING AMONG MOTHERS OF INFANTS AGED 0 – 6 MONTHS ATTENDING MCH CLINIC AT KISUMU COUNTY HOSPITAL
Background: Exclusive Breast Feeding of a child remains the best and safest source of nutrition for the vast majority of infants worldwide. However, this recommended practice is hardly adopted by many mothers as no more than 30% of infants are exclusively breastfed globally.
Objective: To determine the factors influencing adherence to EBF among mothers of infants aged 0-6 months attending Maternal Child Health Clinic (MCH) in Kisumu County Hospital
Design: A descriptive cross sectional study
Study Setting: Maternal Child Health Clinic (MCH) at Kisumu County Hospital.
Study Subjects: All mothers of infants aged 0-6 months and receiving health care services in the MCH clinic at Kisumu County Hospital.
Results: Sixty four per cent (64%) of the respondents agreed that pre-lacteal feeds should be commenced as soon a baby is born, 69% of the respondents stated that the number of children a mother has could influence adherence to exclusive breast feeding and 73% stated that infants should be given mixture of feeds during the course of breastfeeding.
Conclusion: Demographic factors such as age of the mother, marital status, level of education and number of children a mother has influences the adherence to exclusive breast feeding.
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