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Title: Breast-feeding counselling and its effect on the prevalence of exclusive breast-feeding
Authors: Haque, M.F.
Hussain, M.
Sarkar, A.K.
Hoque, M.M.
Ara, Fakir Anjuman
Sultana, S.
Keywords: Breast-feeding
Prospective studies
Impact studies
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: J Health Popul Nutr 2002 Dec;20(4):312-316
Abstract: This prospective intervention study was undertaken to assess the impact of repeated breast-feeding counselling on the rate of exclusive breast-feeding up to five months. The study was carried out in two breast-feeding counselling sub-centres, established at he community level in the vicinity of two maternity facilities and one main centre established in an urban children hospital. Eighty-four pregnant mothers who attended the maternity facilities for delivery of babies were randomly selected and repeatedly counselled regarding breast-feeding once just before delivery and subsequently at the completion of 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,and 12 month(s) of age of he child. These child-mother pairs comprised the intervention group. Another group of 90 child-mother pairs was selected from the maternity facilities. Mothers in his group (comparison group) received a single session of breast-feeding counselling just before delivery of babies. Fifty-nine and 55 child-mother pairs in the intervention and the comparison groups respectively completed the one-year follow-up. In the intervention group,54.2%and in the comparison group 36.4%of the babies were exclusively breastfed up to five months of age. Forty-two (88%) children in he intervention group and 29 (53%) in the comparison group were given complementary foods at the optimum time, e.g. after completion of five months, and 81%of he children in he intervention group and 100%of he children in he comparison group were given complementary foods in the first year of life. It was observed that repeated organized breast-feeding counselling significantly improved the prevalence of exclusive breast-feeding to 54%which is much above the existing national prevalence (12.7%) in Bangladesh
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/127
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