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Title:The impact of urbanization and socio-economic status on infant feeding practices in Lagos, Nigeria
Authors:Anyanwu, Rosemary C.
Enwonwu, Cyril O.
Periodical:Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:baby food
Abstract:This report covers the first phase of an on-going national study designed to evaluate current maternal perceptions of infant-feeding among different ethnic, religious, cultural, and socio-economic groups in Nigeria, with the primary objective of assessing the extent of decline in breast-feeding as well as the major factors responsible for the negative change, and how best to institute corrective educational measures. For this particular study, Surulere, a suburb of metropolitan Lagos that is heterogeneous in its ethnic and socio-economic composition, was selected as a pre-test area for the widely assumed negative effects of urbanisation and modernisation on infant-feeding practices and the traditional African image of mothering. The study sample comprised 558 randomly selected Nigerian women resident in Surulere. - Ref., tab.