Colostrum Feeding Practices and Associated Factors Among Mothers Having Children Less Than 12 Months of Age in Wolaita Sodo City, Wolaita, Ethiopia 2019
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 17-24
Received: Feb. 21, 2020;
Accepted: Mar. 4, 2020;
Published: Jun. 9, 2020
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Daniel Baza Gargamo, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatal Nursing, College of Health Science and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Wolaita, Ethiopia
Back ground: Colostrum is the principal milk produced in the first few days after delivery. It is a normative ordinary for the newborns concerning the comprehensive form of nutrition which is well thought –out as the “golden milk” is highly nutritious and contains anti-infective substances. It is very rich in vitamin A, protein and recommended as the newborns’ absolute nourishment by UNICEF and WHO that should begin soon after delivery. The main purpose of this study was to assess colostrum feeding practices and associated factors among mothers having children less than 12 months age in Wolaita Sodo City, Wolaita, Ethiopia. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was employed from May 31 to Sep 31 2019 in Wolaita Sodo City. The data collected by using interview-based structured questionnaires among 396 eligible mothers through a systematic sampling technique. Data was analyzed by using SPSS version 25. Both binary and multiple Variable logistic regressions (“odds ratio”) analyses with a p-value < 0.0 5 with 95% confidence interval were identified as statistically significant. Result: Three hundred fifty seven, 87.4% (95%, CI: 11: 00- 14:00) of mothers practiced colostrum feeding after delivery. In multivariate logistic regression analysis at P-value of < 0.05, Counseling on timely initiation of breastfeeding during antenatal care (AOR=7.798, 95% CI: 2.64-23.01), place of delivery (AOR=4.010, 95% CI: 1.260-12.760) and birth attendant of the current birth (AOR=3.119, 95% CI: 1.263-7.706) had the significant association with colostrum feeding practice. Conclusion: Counseling provided on early initiation of breastfeeding during antenatal care, giving birth at health care facilities and attending delivery by health care professionals were predictors of colostrum feeding among mothers having infants less than 12 months of age. Strengthening education on timely initiation of breastfeeding during antenatal care, promoting to give birth at health care institutions and accessing delivery attendance by health care workers are essential for colostrum feeding. Sustaining awareness creation strategies and approaches were suggested for the advancement of the nutritional value of colostrum and its health welfares for new born babies.
Daniel Baza Gargamo,
Colostrum Feeding Practices and Associated Factors Among Mothers Having Children Less Than 12 Months of Age in Wolaita Sodo City, Wolaita, Ethiopia 2019, Biomedical Sciences.
Vol. 6, No. 2,
2020, pp. 17-24.
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