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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 124-127

Women's work and infant feeding in sokoto, north-western Nigeria

Department of Community Health, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto., Nigeria

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Background/Aims: Breastfeeding still remains the ideal food for the growth and development of the infant and in Nigeria, breastfeeding is universal. Many mothers who work outside the homes continue to breastfeed. As the number of working mothers increases, employers are becoming more supportive of breastfeeding and have come to realize how breastfeeding can help their businesses. This study therefore, was aimed at determining the prevalence of breastfeeding among working class mothers in Sokoto, North W tern Nigeria. Methodology: Through a cross-sectional descriptive study within the Sokoto metropolis. Results: A total of 118(43.5%) of the respondents Initiated breastfeedlng Immediately after delivery. Majority of the mothers 252(93%) breastfed beyond six months with an exclusive breastfeeding rate of 54.6%. Only 61(22.5%) of the mothers had breastfeeding break s to allow for breastfeeding of infants at home and majority of the respondents 70(62.7% ) complained of employers being against bringing infants to workplace and breastfeed them as this was thought to reduce concentration and thus efficiency at workplace. The relationship between maternal employment status and exclusive breastfeeding was statistically significant (p<0.0001) as the women in private employment tended to breastfeed exclusivel y compared to those in public sector. Conclusion: There is the need to increase employers' awareness to become supportive of breastfeeding and realize how breastfeedlng can reduce work absenteeism and thus increase productivity.

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