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Title:Determinants for Breast Feeding and Bottle Feeding in Botswana
Authors:Omondi, L. Owour
Persson, L.Å.
Staugård, F.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Geographic term:Botswana
baby food
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Women and Their Children
External link:http://tropej.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/36/1/28
Abstract:In the Botswana Primary Health Care Survey 1983-1984 data on breast and bottle feeding were collected as well as characteristics of households, mothers and children. The country-wide median breast-feeding duration was 1 year and 7 months, with a tendency towards shorter duration in the urban areas. Better hygienic conditions, higher education of the mother, and wage employment of the mothers were associated with shorter breast-feeding duration. Similarly, the risk of starting bottle feeding was higher in households with better hygienic conditions. However, a substantial proportion of the bottle feeding took place in households lacking piped water indoors. These data may indicate a current shift from traditional feeding patterns towards shorter breast feeding and introduction of bottle feeding, starting among well-off families, but also threatening the health of children in less privileged conditions. The association with maternal factors such as type of occupation calls for breast-feeding promotion including improved conditions for the salary employed mothers. Bibliogr.