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Title: Infant feeding in Saudi Arabia: mothers' attitudes and practices
Authors: Al Jassir, M.S.
El Bashir, B.M.
Moizuddin, S.K.
Abu Nayan, A.A.R.
Issue Date: 2006
Language: English
Abstract: We conducted a nationwide cross-sectional survey of 4872 mothers [mostly Saudi] to study infant feeding patterns. Information was collected about their feeding practices with their youngest child using pre-tested questionnaires. About four-fifths of the mothers had received health education about breastfeeding, most often from medical staff; younger mothers tended to be better informed. Approximately 92% fed colostrum to the newborn, but 76.1% had introduced bottle-feeding by 3 months [48.3% cited insufficient milk as the reason for introducing the bottle]. This was significantly related to nationality and education level. Mixed feeding [breastfeeding and bottle-feeding] was popular. Solid foods tended to be introduced late and this was significantly related to nationality, age and education level
Description: 6-13
Keywords: Bottle Feeding
Infant Food
Cross-Sectional Studies
Child Nutrition Sciences
Subject: Breast Feeding
ISSN: 1020-3397
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