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Title:Infant feeding, beliefs and practices: a study of Cameroonian health care personnel
Authors:Garrett, N.R.
Ada, Veronique
Periodical:Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subject:baby food
External link:http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/4/209
Abstract:The association between personal infant feeding practices and beliefs and related professional advice given to mothers was studied in 123 health and social service personnel in three urban centers in Cameroon. The study reveals that the majority breastfed at least partially for a mean of 8.4 months. Breastfeeding exclusively was negatively related to higher education and birth order, and positively with older age. Only four percent of children were entirely bottle fed. Major reasons for bottle feeding were mother's employment (59 percent) and insufficient maternal milk (20 percent). Most breastfed for the welfare of the child (74 percent) but only 10 percent of personnel advised breast-feeding first when asked for advice. One brand was recommended by half the respondents and 59 percent trying it were motivated by promotional activities. Advice on preparation was verbal rather than practical. These findings may be useful for design of training curricula and analysis of policies for baby food importation. Fig., ref., tab.