Breastfeeding Patterns in an Urban Area in Baghdad
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2007, Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 125-128
The World Health Organization (WHO) & UNICEF, have recommended for a decade that mothers breastfeed for at least 2 years .
Recently, there has been a stress on exclusive breast feeding for the first four to six months of life .
By using the 'current status analysis method'. Mothers of 650 infants from 0 to 12 months of age attending a Health Center were interviewed about the current feeding
patterns of the infants and other socioeconomic variables. Month-wise prevalence of feeding patterns was determined.
It was observed that breast feeding was maintained at a high level (more than 90%) throughout infancy while exclusive breast feeding showed a rapid decline.
At 1st month of age 78% , and at 4th month of age 50 % of infants were exclusively breast-fed.
Breast feeding as such was maintained at a high level for the first 12 months of life while the practice of exclusive breast feeding was much lower
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