|Title:||Infant feeding in Saudi Arabia: mothers' attitudes and practices|
|Authors:||Al Jassir, M.S.|
El Bashir, B.M.
Abu Nayan, A.A.R.
|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|
Child Nutrition Sciences
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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