ORCID Identifiers

0000-0001-5031-7741

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

International Breastfeeding Journal

Publication Date

7-25-2018

Abstract

© 2018 The Author(s). Background: The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages early initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour after birth with the objective of saving children's lives. There are few published research papers about factors associated with the initiation of breastfeeding in Sudan. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of and factors associated with the timely initiation of breastfeeding among mothers with children two years and under in Kassala, Eastern Sudan. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted from December 2016 to March 2017. Mothers were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Results: A total of 250 mother-child pairs participated in the study. The mean (standard deviation) of maternal age and children's age was 27.1 (5.68) years and 11.9 (6.9) months, respectively. Of the 250 mothers, 218 (87.2%) initiated breastfeeding within the first hour. In multivariable logistic regression analysis, factors associated with the delay of breastfeeding initiation were having a male baby (Adjusted Odds Ratio [AOR] 3.90, 95% Confidence Interval [CI]1.33, 11.47), and mothers with medical disorders (AOR 5.07, 95% CI 1.22, 21.16). Conclusion: There was a high prevalence of early initiation of breastfeeding. An association with delayed initiation of breastfeeding was found amongst mothers who had medical disorders and those who had a male infant. Wherever possible, early initiation of breastfeeding should be promoted for all infants, regardless of gender.

ISSN

1746-4358

Publisher

BioMed Central Ltd.

Volume

13

Issue

1

Last Page

8

Disciplines

Life Sciences

Keywords

Early initiation of breastfeeding, Maternal medical disorders, Sudan, Timely initiation of breastfeeding

Scopus ID

85050489307

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Gold: This publication is openly available in an open access journal/series

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