Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Page: 73-78
Influence of Community Based Counsellors and Factors Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Ile – Ife, Nigeria
Olorunfemi Akinbode Ogundele, Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care, State Specialist Hospital, Ondo State, Nigeria
Tolulope Ogundele, Department of Paediatrics, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Received: Mar. 17, 2016;       Accepted: Mar. 28, 2016;       Published: Apr. 21, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20160403.14      View  3030      Downloads  117
In spite of breastfeeding being almost universal in Nigeria, exclusive breastfeeding rate is low. Poor practices remain a major cause of neonatal and infant mortality. Community Integrated Management of Childhood illness (CIMCI) is a programme that employs the use of community based counsellors to address these challenges. The study assessed the effect of community based counsellor on breastfeeding practices of mothers and factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding in Ile-Ife, South-west, Nigeria. A comparative cross sectional study was conducted in two Local Government Areas (LGA) of Osun State, Nigeria. The study enrolled 722 mothers of index under five children through a multi stage cluster sampling techniques. Data was collected using structured questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS version 16.0. Approximately 94% of children in the CIMCI implementing LGA were exclusively breastfed compared to 76.1% in the non-implementing LGA (p<0.001). Maternal age, maternal education level, family size, Initiation of breastfeeding within an hour of birth and residence in CIMCI-implementing LGA were significantly associated with exclusive breastfeeding. It was concluded that community based counselling has a positive effect on breastfeeding practices. Community based ‘baby friendly’ breastfeeding initiative is suggested.
Community, Counsellors, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Mothers
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Olorunfemi Akinbode Ogundele, Tolulope Ogundele, Influence of Community Based Counsellors and Factors Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices in Ile – Ife, Nigeria, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 73-78. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20160403.14
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