DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20211731

Level of awareness of the benefits, socio-demographic and cultural factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding among mothers attending MCH clinic in Tudor sub county hospital

Consolata Mandi Machila, Jane Karonjo, Dominic Mogere, Peterson Kariuki

Abstract


Background: Knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) among women is essential when promoting optimal breastfeeding practices. Breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life and continuation of breastfeeding and adequate complementary foods for up to two years of age or beyond.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study design was used. This study utilized a mixed method approach (qualitative and quantitative).

Results: The prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding was low at 33.6%. Data revealed that 60.9% of respondents were knowledgeable on the benefits of EBF, while 38.6% were not knowledgeable, the rest of the respondents did not respond or their answers were not valid.

Conclusions: Women's knowledge on benefits EBF and intention to practice it is still low. There was significant difference in the participants place of residence (rural versus urban).


Keywords


Exclusive breastfeeding, Descriptive cross-sectional, Prevalence, Level of awareness

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