Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2020, Page: 63-69
Prevalence and Determinants of Timely Initiation of Breastfeeding Among Mothers in Sodo Zuriya District, South Ethiopia: A Cross-sectional Study
Desta Mota Kuma, Siloam Health Sciences and Business College, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
Abebe Sorsa Badacho, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
Melese Meleku Kurucho, Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
Received: Jun. 6, 2020;       Accepted: Jun. 19, 2020;       Published: Jul. 28, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajlm.20200503.11      View  32      Downloads  18
Abstract
Timely initiation of breastfeeding tops the list of life-saving interventions for newborn health. Even though most mothers in Ethiopia breastfeed their babies, they do not always follow the recommendations of the "National Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding". A community-based cross-sectional study with internal comparisons was conducted between July and August 2019. A total of 444 mother-infant pairs were selected using simple random sampling. Descriptive statistics and bivariate and multivariable logistic regression were employed to identify predictors of timely initiation of breastfeeding. The prevalence of timely initiation of breastfeeding was 53.4%. Institutional delivery (AOR=3.0; 95% CI 1.47, 6.13), advice/counseling during antenatal visits (AOR=3.52; 95% CI 1.81, 6.83) and postnatal counseling/advice (AOR=2.96; 95% CI 1.59, 5.5) were found to be positively associated with timely initiation of breastfeeding (p<0.05). Conclusions and Recommendations: The prevalence of timely initiation of breastfeeding was low. Several characteristics affect timely initiation of breastfeeding. Educational programs in health institutions and at the community level are recommended to correct traditional inappropriate breastfeeding practices and beliefs and to provide training to health professionals to promote appropriate and timely counseling during the antenatal and postnatal periods.
Keywords
Timely Initiation, Breastfeed, Institutional Delivery, Within One Hour
To cite this article
Desta Mota Kuma, Abebe Sorsa Badacho, Melese Meleku Kurucho, Prevalence and Determinants of Timely Initiation of Breastfeeding Among Mothers in Sodo Zuriya District, South Ethiopia: A Cross-sectional Study, American Journal of Laboratory Medicine. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 63-69. doi: 10.11648/j.ajlm.20200503.11
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