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Factors Influencing the Practice of Exclusive Breast Feeding Among Mothers in Ikot Omin, Calabar, Nigeria.

 

 

N.C. ESSIEN AND SAMSON-AKPAN

1Department Of Nursing Science, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences,

University Of Calabar, Nigeria.

 

Abstract: The aim of the study was to investigate factors responsible for less than six mouths practice of breastfeeding exclusively among women in Ikot Omin Community, cross river State Nigeria. The study design was descriptive using a simple random and single-stage cluster sampling in selecting three hundred (300) respondents. A questionnaire was used for data collection. Majority of the respondents were aged 21-30, 138(46 %), attained secondary school 91(30.3 %); married 192 (64 %). Further results showed a significant relationship between number of  children and the practice of exclusive breast feeding (Cal X2=9.2; Crit X2= 7.8; df 3; p<0.05);  sources of information and the practice of exclusive breastfeeding (Cal X2=21.9; Crit X2=7.8;df3;p,0.05); marital status and the practice if exclusive breastfeeding. This study suggests the need for health workers to use every opportunity to create awareness on the need for exclusive breast feeding and in designing interventions all identified factors must be considered.

 

Keywords: Factors, practice, Exclusive Breastfeeding.

 

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