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Title:Infant feeding in Nigeria
Authors:Orwell, S.
Clayton, D.
Dugdale, A.E.
Periodical:Ecology of Food and Nutrition
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:baby food
Abstract:A study by questionnaire of 1,845 urban and 349 rural mothers in all regions of Nigeria is reported. Ninety-nine percent of all mothers commenced breast feeding their infants. In urban areas most continued for at least six months and in rural areas for at least 12 months. In urban areas, 77% of the infants were given infant formulae by the age of three months; in rural areas 40% were given infant formulae. Cereals were also introduced early to many children. Many mothers seemed to use inadequate-methods for preparing infant formulae. The reasons for and the effects of this pattern of infant feeding are not clear, but it presumably meets the overall needs of the population. Further investigation is needed before attempts are made to enforce change. Fig., notes, ref., tab.