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Breastfeeding, a child survival strategy against infant mortality in Nigeria


Jacdonmi, Itse and M. S., Suhainizam and G. R., Jacdonmi (2016) Breastfeeding, a child survival strategy against infant mortality in Nigeria. Current Science, 110 (7). pp. 1282-1287. ISSN 0011-3891


Babies grow and develop best when they are breastfed exclusively. Much emphasis has been placed on exclusively breastfeeding an infant during the first six months after birth. However, many women especially in the developing countries continue to introduce complementary feeding before the first six months. In Nigeria, high infant mortality rate still remains a major issue of concern. Several studies indicate that the cause of childhood mortality is due to lack of proper breastfeeding. In this review, we focus on the trends and patterns of breastfeeding, causes of infant mortality and breastfeeding of infants from birth to six months, followed by appropriate and adequate complementary feeding for two years and above, as a strategic intervention against infant mortality and the need to create awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.18520/cs/v110/i7/1282-1287
Publisher: Scientific Publishers
Keywords: Breastfeeding; Child survival; Complementary feeding; Infant mortality; Nigeria
Depositing User: Ms. Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 09:41
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/55221
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