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Public Health Nutr. 2004 Sep;7(6):795-9.

Breast-feeding initiation and exclusive breast-feeding in rural Vietnam.

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10 Ngo 18 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Hanoi, Vietnam. dat@unfpa.org.vn

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the initiation of breast-feeding and exclusive breast-feeding within the first week after delivery for women in rural Vietnam.

DESIGN:

An interviewer-administered survey was conducted on a sample of rural women who gave birth during August-October 2002.

SETTING:

Quang Xuong District, Thanh Hoa Province of Vietnam.

SUBJECTS:

Four hundred and sixty-three women participated in the study, of whom 181 delivered at the district hospital (39.1%), 229 at a commune health centre (49.5%) and 53 at home attended by a traditional birth attendant (11.4%).

RESULTS:

Although the initiation and exclusive breast-feeding rates were relatively high at 98.3% and 83.6% respectively, the premature introduction of complementary food was a great concern. Logistic regression analysis showed that, together with socio-cultural determinants such as feeding preferences of the husband and maternal grandmother, feeding practices of friends, factors relating to delivery methods, delivery locations and health problems could influence the initiation rate and breast-feeding patterns.

CONCLUSIONS:

To promote breast-feeding practices of rural mothers, health education on breast-feeding should take into account local socio-cultural features in addition to improving the counselling skills of health workers.

PMID:
15369619
DOI:
10.1079/phn2004609
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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