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dc.contributor.authorMukuria, AG
dc.contributor.authorBentley, M
dc.contributor.authorKogi-Makau, W
dc.contributor.authorCaulfield, L
dc.contributor.authorBandeen-Roche, K
dc.identifier.citationExclusive breastfeeding promotion: a summary of findings from EPB's applied research program (1992-1996), [compiled by] Wellstart International. Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding Program. Washington, D.C., Wellstart International, Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding Program, [1997]. 31-6.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the role of social support networks in promoting early complementary feeding in Kangemi, Kenya. Employing both qualitative and quantitative methods, this study was conducted in 3 phases. Phase 1 included ethnography of infant feeding and social support, phase 2 included a 5-month prospective study of 211 mother-infant pairs, and phase 3 consisted of case studies of 13 breast-feeding women. The study revealed knowledge of exclusive breast-feeding was generally high and maternity practices were supportive of breast-feeding initiation. Despite the high level of knowledge on breast-feeding as promoted by health authorities, only few mothers practice exclusive breast-feeding. Giving of foods and fluids to infants was a common practice. It was also noted that a low social support was found to be significantly associated with full breast-feeding. Implications for policy and program intervention are outlined.en_US
dc.subjectResearch Reporten_US
dc.subjectSocial Networksen_US
dc.subjectInfant Nutritionen_US
dc.subjectDeveloping Countriesen_US
dc.subjectFriends and Relativesen_US
dc.subjectFamily and Householden_US
dc.subjectSociocultural Factorsen_US
dc.titleEarly complementary feeding: the role of social support networks.en_US

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